In the U.S. alone nearly one out of every 12 adults suffer from alcohol dependency. That is nearly 17.6 million people. This doesn’t even consider the millions of people who engage in dangerous binge drinking patterns that could potentially lead to dependency? That begs the question, why? Everyone knows that alcoholism is a serious condition that can have serious consequences in your day to day life.
The answer is a simple on, for many people drinking is an escape, what they need to realize is that while it may make you forget your problems for a period, that is all it will do. Drinking is an escape, not a solution. The effects of alcohol can be very tempting to someone who is suffering from depression or another emotional trauma. There is no denying that for a period, it will make you forget your troubles, and even if it does not it will make you numb to the pain.
Unfortunately, it will also potentially ruin your life. The effects of alcohol can be extremely serious. Over time alcohol abuse can lead heart and liver disease, not to mention various forms of cancer that have been associated with alcoholism. Another serious risk of alcoholism is that of mental decline. Some studies have shown that regular drinking in excess over time will damage (potentially permanently) the brain’s communication pathways. This can lead to severe swings in mood and behavior. It will also make it more difficult to think clearly and accurately analyze and solve routine problems.
Now that we have taken a closer look at why people develop alcoholism, and what effects it can have on your body, now it is time to look at the proper way to handle the issues you are having. Remember drinking is an escape, not a solution. In terms of the emotional trauma or depression that leads many to drinking and eventually alcoholism, there is only one true way to manage these conditions in a healthy manner. With professional assistance, we are of course talking about counseling or therapy. Though many may feel that seeking professional help is a sign of weakness, nothing could be farther from the truth, it takes real courage to admit that you have a problem and to seek help in overcoming those issues.
But what are you to do if you have already turned to drinking as an escape from the stress and problems associated with day to day life? The best route to take is that of a 12 step program. Sure, there are a lot of programs out there to help people quit drinking, but none so tried and true than that of a 12-step method. These have been used for decades, and while they may not be 100% successful across the board they have a very high level of success compared to other methods on the market.