Alcoholic beverages have been consumed probably since Neolithic times. Low content alcoholic beverages like beer were a staple in many societies being safer than many community water supplies. The health benefits of moderate wine consumption have be touted for generations. Every society has its social poison. In most of the world it is alcohol, in others it is cannabis based, other plant derived hallucinogens, stimulants or toxins. The moderate intake of many alcoholic beverages may even be considered beneficial and certainly not harmful. However, when alcohol is used to suppress pain, either physical or emotional and is used to excess and in increasing amounts there are repercussions.
Physical, Emotional & Social Effects of Alcoholism
Health conditions having to do when the nervous system is compromised along with the chemical factory of the body, liver damage is a consequence of uncontrolled and addictive drinking. The metabolism of alcohol damages organs.
Emotionally alcohol is debilitating, and reduces inhibitions. The term ‘mean drunk’ has repercussions in social and family relationships leading to divorce and social exclusion. The strain placed on family and friends is extraordinary and promotes job loss and reduced professional standing.
Physical Effects of Alcohol on the Brain, Liver & Body
The physical effects on the body include liver damage. The liver and kidneys remove waste and toxins from the blood stream. Liver dysfunction results in death. The frontal brain lobes control the primary functions of motor or movement, problem solving, spontaneity, memory, language, judgment, impulse control, social and sexual behavior. Under excessive alcohol consumption the frontal lobe deteriorates leading to impaired analytical capabilities.
Blackouts, hallucination, exacerbation of diabetic conditions, fatigue, sexual dysfunction and infertility, bone loss, muscle cramps, malnutrition and other maladies accompany chronic alcohol use.
Alcoholic recovery is a personal as well as social regime. AA or Alcoholics Anonymous has been assisting alcoholics and families to cope with alcoholism since 1935 and have assisted an incalculable number of family members and alcoholics. A prevalent component of rehabilitation is the focus group. Focus groups provide peer support, they share problems and triumphs and assist each other is complying with other aspects of the program. Social and personal thought tools aid in retaining a firm commitment to stay focused on non-consumption of alcohol.
Rehab facilities provide safety, medical and social support during the withdrawal period. Many have established focus groups to assist in recovery.
AA Meeting Locators to Establish Social Connections & Support in Alcohol Recovery
The primary reason contributing to the successful recovery of alcoholism is the person himself. First he has to acknowledge he has a problem, next is that he/she decides to do something about, and it is that person that ultimately decides to remain sober. But the social aspects of recovery cannot be emphasized enough. The social connection to those who have overcome their own addictions and who provide support when personal commitment waivers are very effective. Alcoholism sufferers experience both physical and psychological triggers and cravings. A social support network is a must to help to maintain focus and resolve. Meehab Addiction Recovery provides the tools and aid in developing contacts to aid in recovery. Apps assist in locating AA meetings, finding and establishing membership in focus groups and developing a friendship network of persons that have shared in your experiences.