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Abusers may have problems with the law, trouble satisfying work and/or personal obligations, and continue to drink regardless of the poor consequences that ensue. Alcohol dependence is alcoholism, and it is a physical reliance on alcohol.
Alcoholics will have persistent cravings for booze when they aren’t drinking as well as a tough time stopping after they’ve started drinking. Over time, they’ll develop a tolerance to alcohol which requires that they drink more than they used to in order to achieve the same effects. Likewise, physical withdrawal symptoms plague alcoholics as well and remain one of the primary reasons alcohol addicts turn to booze on a regular basis. Underage drinking is a big factor in the development of alcoholism with 2007 data showing that 40 percent of teenagers who began drinking prior to turning 15 meet the criteria for a diagnosis of alcoholism at some point in their life, regardless of family history. One survey reported that more than half of the participants who started drinking before they were 14 years old were classified as being alcoholics, whereas only nine percent of those who didn’t start drinking until they were 21 ended up with alcoholism. This behavior may sound unlikely with 14 being such a young age (seven years under the legal drinking age in America), but over 50 percent of teens are reported to have had their first drink by the time they reach 15 years old. The dangers this presents are enormous with over 190,000 alcohol-related emergency room visits in 2008 being for underage individuals. Of all alcohol-related incidents of violence, an astounding 70 percent occur within the family home. This means partners and children are at a significantly increased risk of witnessing or being the victim of a violent crime, such as assault or battery.
To anyone who lives with, works with, is friendly with or associated with an alcoholic, it's baffling, infuriating, frustrating, incomprehensible.
And unfortunately, unless you have experienced addiction of some sort, it may stay that way. I struggled with alcohol, assorted drugs and tobacco, and at times even I find myself unable to fathom the behavior of some alcoholics.
When a person is alcoholic, they are out of control of their drinking.
When they have a glass of alcohol, they have to finish it.
Alcohol in large quantities on a regular basis is a poison that can have life threatening effects on the drinker's body.
One of the more acutely life threatening conditions is esophageal varices (this is where the veins in the throat swell up like varicose veins).
Likewise, sometimes a few cocktails can lead to other life-ending circumstances, such as motor vehicle accidents.