Alcoholism is a chronic illness that affects millions of people and it can affect people of any age,race and social status . The World Health Organization estimates that alcohol is responsible for more than 3 milion deaths per year,or nearly 6 percent of all deaths worldwide. Alcoholism is a progressive disease that causes an uncontrollable craving for alcohol and it influences every aspect of life and presents serious consequences that affect physical and mental health,emotional stability,career and finances. Alcoholism significantly impacts everyone and family and friends. It is impossible for chronic alcoholics to stop drinking without help.Consider the following to understand the devastating results of chronic alcoholism:
-Heavy drinking increases the risk for several types of cancers;
– liver diseases such as cirrhosis or alcoholic hepatitis;
-Chronic drinking causes a number of gastrointestinal problems,including gastritis pancreatitis and ulcers;
-brain damage and death;
-severe pneumonia and other lung problems;
-Alcoholics neuropathy is a condition that affects the peripheral nerves.
-Alcoholism affects emotions and behavior:
Medical Researches have proven that alcoholism and depression are often strictly related and people often turn to alcohol to relieve anxiety and stress.This is a dangerous cycle because tolerance builds and more and more alcohol is required to relieve anxiety,which creates added stress. Alcoholism creates also social problems of relationship with those people, family or friends, who are part of their life. Consequences can be really serious like
domestic violence, crimes, assaults, robberies and even killings. I think that none should use alcohol to find love,friends or solutions to overcoming problems.
Alcoholics can recover and lead healthy,satisfying lives,but if you are addicted to alcohol, it’s important to get help as soon as possible. Your life is worth so much more.