Alcoholism is a phenomenon of truly frightening proportions. People sometimes do not even suspect how strong the damage from this phenomenon can be. But for this it’s enough just to turn to statistics, which is extremely disappointing. The fact is that almost every third death in our country, if not directly, then indirectly, is caused by the use of alcohol. And this is not counting all those many diseases, deviations and pathologies that occur in the body of men and women under the influence of alcohol.
Unfortunately, people are either not sufficiently aware of the problem, or do not want to acknowledge it. And therefore, every year, instead of decreasing, this problem develops and progresses. And is it worth saying how this negatively affects both the health of the whole nation and the processes that occur in individual families. The latter often collapse because of this, because if someone in the family is an alcoholic (with regard to both men and women), then this is a real problem. Therefore, we will deal with the main dangers posed by a terrible phenomenon called alcoholism – consider alcoholism and its consequences.
Description of the problem
In their general form, alcoholism is called addiction to drinks containing ethyl alcohol. This addiction includes both physical and psychological dependence. Over time, a person cannot control the amount of alcohol that he consumes and begins to drink more and more. His organs are affected, his memory deteriorates – but he continues to drink. It is believed that in the world there are about 140 million alcoholics (of which many women) – a frightening figure, it can be compared with the population of Russia. So the problem is very serious.
There are three categories of causes that affect the development of this problem. They can be divided into:
A very important point is the genetic predisposition to alcoholism, such a phenomenon exists. The psychological aspects are also important, because for many people alcohol intoxication is a very simple and affordable method of escapism, which helps to forget, to get away from the problems of the world. Sometimes it all starts with a small one – a person drinks in small quantities to just relax, for example, after a hard day’s work (or, which is especially bad, after caring for a child, if we talk about women). He does not believe that those smaller portions used by him are capable of causing at least any significant harm. And therefore, gradually a dependence develops in him, which after some time he can no longer normally control.
As for the social factor, it all depends on the environment that is inherent in this person. If the family had alcoholics, then a person may develop a subconscious association that the use of alcohol is the norm. Say, it helped parents, why didn’t it help me too? And with such a deliberately wrong belief, a person sits on destructive alcohol. Usually this happens in men, but in women the likelihood of this is not excluded. Of course, this is not all the reasons, but the most common.
Conventionally, several stages of alcoholism can be distinguished:
- At first, there is simply some attraction to alcohol. A man very much wants to accept it. At first, this does not occur very often, but then the “attacks” of such a desire begin to take on a frightening character. This is an alarming bell, which is worth considering.
- In the second stage, tolerance to alcohol changes. A person does not just want to drink alcohol in large quantities – he comes out with no problems. Vomiting does not occur, for example, when he goes too far with a drink, everything is much easier to tolerate than ever.
- “Breaking” appears after stopping the use of alcohol.
- The internal organs are affected.
Alcoholism has numerous consequences that it entails can be frighteningly negative. Here are just a few examples:
- gastritis and ulcers;
- fibrosis and cirrhosis of the liver;
- poor heredity in children (not only when women drink, but also when father drinks);
- problems with the functioning of the reproductive system (primarily in women, in men, too, but in women the problem is more pronounced);
- problems with the nervous system, which leads to epilepsy, psychosis, and so on;
- increased likelihood of cardiovascular diseases and pathologies, for example, hypertension, strokes, myocardial ischemia and so on;
- risk of schizophrenia;
- increased likelihood of manifestation of various pulmonary pathologies, for example, tuberculosis and emphysema.
These are just some of the effects of alcoholism. Do not forget about various social factors, for example, the restriction of communication with many people, difficulties with adaptation in the team and so on – these are just some of the social consequences of alcoholism. In a word, in the presence of alcoholism, you can safely forget about a full life – now it does not matter to an alcoholic whether he is a man or a woman, you have to live with restrictions.
What to do?
If you happen to encounter this problem, then there is a way out of it. If you cannot personally cope with addiction, you can always contact a qualified professional. There is nothing shameful or negative about it and it doesn’t matter whether you are a man or a woman. Many suffer from alcoholism – and cannot cope with it. There is absolutely nothing wrong with a little help. Well, after you can once again control the situation, you will need to use all your willpower so that the problem does not begin to develop again. But you will already have the motivation to prevent it from happening again – because you know what the consequences of alcoholism are.