Alcohol Dependence - What Is It?

Alcohol dependence is when a person cannot manage their lives without alcohol playing a part. This is despite knowing the risks, or ignoring the adverse affects that their alcohol misuse is having upon their lives - and that of those around them.

It is classed as a medical disorder and there's a lot of help and information available for sufferers of the condition. It's also known that alcohol, when drunk in moderation, has no long-term affects and can, in some instances, be of benefit to an individual. However, becoming dependent on alcohol requires a lot of support and understanding from those around them.

The Signs & Symptons Of Alcohol Dependence

In some instances, the signs and symptoms of alcohol dependence can go undetected for extended periods of time, even years. It depends on the individual, their character and how well they either hide the problem or refuse to believe that they do in fact have a drink problem.

The following can be signs that a person may be suffering from the disorder:

· When out drinking, they need to drink significant amounts in order to become drunk

· They may develop alcohol related issues - such as health problems or difficulty holding down a job

· They may begin to appear irritable and anxious

· Become defensive if you try and discuss their drinking habits

· Difficulty with commitments

· Developing a 'flushed' look

· They may only be willing to participate in activities revolving around drinking

The list is not hard and fast. Some individuals are very good at hiding their drink problem. Others are less able to do so. However, what's important to remember is the fact that being dependent on alcohol is a disorder - and rarely as simple as the individual wishing to abuse alcohol in general.

The Cold Hard Truth About Alcoholism

Unfortunately, despite the wealth of help, information and support that's available, it's notoriously difficult to try and facilitate some kind of action that will lead to an alcohol dependents' acknowledgement of their condition. Many can only cope with their drink addiction by externalising or avoiding confronting themselves with how bad their addiction to alcohol has become.

Further, attempting to bring about some form of acknowledgement can exacerbate the drinking cycle. When under pressure or undue stress, the sufferer may well drink more as a means of dealing with it - a destructive but very real coping mechanism.

But There Is Always Hope

But despite the above - there is hope. That depends of course as to whether the individual recognises that they do in fact require some form of intervention but, in the event that they do, there is a lot of help available. Your role, should this need for change for present itself, is to offer support and understanding - and leave judgement at the door.

Intensive therapy can and does go on to cure an alcohol dependent individual but you do need to hold back previous feelings of hurt, anger and any other negative emotions. Hopefully, with the correct guidance, support and medical assistance, an individual that suffers from alcohol addiction could be given the opportunity to return to some level of normal life.

Final Word

This is not meant - in any way - to appear glib or even easy to achieve. This article is just alcohol dependence as it is - no fancy talk or false hope. But - hopefully - the lack of compliacted medical terms and/or lack of platitudes will at least make this an easy to understand read for anyone that does come across it.

Remember - alcohol dependence is an illness, not simply a persons' irresponsible need for drink.