Alcohol Addiction (Alcoholism)
Alcohol abuse has become a major problem in this country as well as for the many individuals who are stuck in the pattern of abusing the liquid drug. To drink alcohol in America has become the norm to the point that a non-drinker is often considered to be strange. Alcohol companies promote their liquor on TV commercials like it's the greatest thing to do and that life will be awesome if you would consume their drinks. But they conveniently leave out all the dangers and consequences associated with consuming alcohol, such as the drunk driving deaths, violent brawls, sexual promiscuity, rape, sexually transmitted diseases, broken families, abused children, addiction, gateway to narcotics, tobacco addiction, confusion, depression, anxiety, laziness, health problems, family relationship problems and many many more. There are no success stories behind drinking alcohol but yet they tell you to drink responsibly when so few are able to do so for very long. So since we glamorize drinking on commercials and in the movies it's no wonder that more and more of our younger generation is abusing alcohol and drugs and making all the poor decisions and suffering from all the consequences associated with the liquid drug.
Alcoholism is addiction to ethanol or better known as drinkable alcohol which is found in beer, wine, whiskey and other types of liquor throughout the world. Since alcohol is an acceptable intoxicant in our society it is often deceptive in determining when alcohol use becomes problematic, since drinkers and families will adjust their attitudes about this drug to protect the level of use within the family.
In many cases, alcoholism isn't identified as a problem until someone gets into serious legal trouble such as a DWI (Driving while Intoxicated) or DUI (Driving under the Influence) citation and is legally forced to examine his or her relationship to the problem. It is safe to say that when someone is using illicit drugs they are at-risk of problems since its use alone can lead to arrest and usually a felony conviction. However being that alcohol is legal to use it can be more misleading and insidious for some people on the road to alcoholism.
Traditionally, treatment for alcoholism has been the domain of Alcoholics Anonymous or AA, since the program has had lots of success at helping alcoholics remain sober from alcohol. Before the advent of AA alcoholics were seen as having a mental health problem and were treated by psychiatrist or other mental health professionals. Also the impetus behind the development of AA was to find an alternative to the psychiatric institution that had become the norm for alcoholics in the first half of the twentieth century in America. Although dependency to alcohol is a physical and mental addiction, it is also a spiritual battle. There are countless testimonies of alcoholics who have prayed to God to take away their desires to drink alcohol who have quit drinking altogether. Is it just ironic or strange that they call alcoholic drink spirits? See Spiritual Battle
Alcohol abuse is different than alcoholism in that it doesn’t generate the enormously powerful craving for booze or a physical addiction, not at first anyways, nevertheless it is the cause of alcoholism. Alcohol abuse is categorized as pattern-drinking which can result in some of the subsequent situations inside of a 12-month period; Failure to perform at work, school, or home responsibilities; using alcohol beverages in situations that are potentially hazardous, such as operating a motor vehicle or dangerous machinery; Having frequent alcohol associated legal troubles, such as arrests for driving while intoxicated or else harming somebody while drunk. Also continued alcohol consumption dispite the constant relationship problems caused or worsened by drinking. Although alcohol abuse is labeled differently than alcoholism, many of its effects are also experienced by alcoholics and there is often a fine line between the two.
Is alcoholism a disease?
A gallop pol among Americans believe that alcoholism is a disease beyond the individuals control It is a result of genetics a predisposition therefore not a choice. In fact the American medical association over 30 years ago declared that alcoholism is a disease. But many scientist and biologist are in disagreement with that and so the argument is not settled.
Someone has written that:
If alcoholism is a disease it is the only disease that is contracted by your will.
If alcoholism is a disease it is the only disease that requires a license to propagate it.
If alcoholism is a disease it is the only disease that is bought and sold.
If alcoholism is a disease it is the only disease that requires an outlet to spread it.
If alcoholism is a disease it is the only disease that produces revenue for the government.
If alcoholism is a disease it is the only disease that provokes crime.
If alcoholism is a disease it is the only disease that is habit forming.
If alcoholism is a disease it is the only disease that is spread through advertising.
If alcoholism is a disease it is the only disease that is without a germ or viral cause.
If alcoholism is a disease it is the only disease that bars a person from heaven.
The Bible says it it’s a sin:
1 Corinthians 6:9-11
Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
We know many people who have been set free from alcoholism by Jesus Christ the Son of God who can heal you and take your desire for alcohol or other drugs away.
Then Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, if ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:31
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