What Exactly is Alcoholism?
- Primary – A primary disease is a disease that is the root cause of a medical condition. Most medical specialists diagnose alcoholism as a primary cause of other health or medical conditions
- Chronic – The saying, “Once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic,” is not just a catchphrase. Many alcoholics struggle not to take another drink their entire lives. At any given time, a person can relapse and return to their addiction
- Progressive – Like any other disease, alcoholism grows slowly over time. Many people do not even realize that they have a problem. Even when it is pointed out that you have a problem drinking, you may still be in denial. Eventually, your alcoholism takes over your life and affects your health
- Fatal – According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Addiction (NIAAA), close to 90,000 people die from alcoholism each year. Alcoholism can lead to DUI-related deaths and a wide range of health-related fatalities