Alcohol Addiction – Getting over the Must-Have Fixation
Alcoholism affects the modern society in large numbers. Since it is accepted and an integral part of everyday living, it’s sometimes very difficult and almost impossible to recognize if you are alcoholic. Alcohol abuse was something I heard about through newspaper and television. It was all fun watching movies with people acting funny after sipping into something that looked similar to my favourite beverage ‘Coca Cola’. I could never make out the gravity of the issue until I saw one of my relatives dying a slow death (credit goes to his drinking habit).
It all started with casual (he used to call it ‘business’) drinking with colleagues in the evening and gradually ended up in heavy drinking after dinner and finally, it was alcohol all around him, even in his car (loaded with bottles of whisky). His family suffered. They went through hell. The business faced an all time low and finally he was in the hospital for treatment of liver disease. The operation was successful but uncle couldn’t cope with his drinking habit. He again took to drinking and succumbed to the addiction within a year. He was only 37. Doctors declared ‘jaundice’ as the main cause of his death which his ‘weak’ liver couldn’t handle.
So what was left behind? A broken family – a middle-aged wife and two school going kids. I wish he could have done something to get over this addiction.
Drinking of alcohol (beer, wine, whisky, distilled spirits) is hazardous. It kills and poisons the person. Alcohol addiction problem cannot be resolved overnight. Most importantly, one who is used to consuming a lot of alcohol each day must not stop it all of sudden. He must stop them in series of steps only.
The famous Satyamev Jayate’s (Aamir Khan fame) telecasted an episode dealing with alcohol abuse. The problem ails our society yet we usually refuse to acknowledge its effect. The problem starts early in life. It hits you like porn and addiction follows.
Why people drink?
According to psychiatrists there are reasons why some get addicted to alcohol while others don’t. Human brains have receptors which in some individuals are genetically more inclined to love alcohol. Hence, the normal decision making system goes into sleeping mode. It is also a lifestyle disease. Everything becomes secondary to addiction for an alcoholic.
How to Get Rid of the Addiction?
• The decision should be made by the person. A forced upon decision will not help.
• The desire to drink rises in the early stages of quitting. Self control plays an important role here. The help can come in the form of family support.
• Avoid visiting places that serve alcohol.
• Take help from a doctor.
• Join a rehabilitation program.
• Maintaining the habit of not consuming alcohol is very important.
Alcoholics Anonymous India (AA-India)
Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in Ohio in 1935 as a support group for alcoholics. Now it has chapters all over the world. There are AA centres all around the country and help literally is one phone call away.
The Helpline Number – Helpline: