Alcohol Addiction – Getting over the Must-Have Fixation
Alcohol Addiction – Getting over the Must-Have Fixation
February 2, 2013  //  By: Jitesh Manaktala  //  Health & Fitness  //  19 Comments   //   1598 Views

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:
91-22-2301 6767

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19 Comments to “Alcohol Addiction – Getting over the Must-Have Fixation”
  • Dilip Sharma
    February 2, 2013 - Reply

    I didn’t know there was a helpline centre for helping to get over

  • hrmehrotra
    February 2, 2013 - Reply

    i think anybody can get rid of alcohol addiction as i realize when i quit alcohol few months ago and till now not a single dip of alcohol i drink.

  • antony
    February 2, 2013 - Reply

    Drinking of alcohol (beer, wine, whisky, distilled spirits) is hazardous. It kills and poisons the person.

  • coolkennth
    February 2, 2013 - Reply

    alcoholic drinks leading to a breakdown in health and an addiction to alcohol such that abrupt deprivation leads to severe withdrawal symptoms..!!

  • Arnold
    February 5, 2013 - Reply

    Addiction to alcohol may also lead to psychological disorders. I have become aware of this since my on-the-job training was in a mental hospital. There were a lot of people there that used to be an alcoholic and now they are suffering from psych disorders like schizophrenia. I do believe that one person can control himself/herself in drinking alcohol.

  • avinaash
    February 7, 2013 - Reply

    i also agreed if u strongly take decision to left alcohol so you can definitely left it very soon.

    • Swapnil
      February 8, 2013 - Reply

      i dont think so.. yes you need strongly take decision to stop drinking BUT you need professionals to intervene like a doctor or psychologist.. because once you get addicted you can’t do it alone.. believe me.. i’ve been there.. i did not do it alone.. i need the help of my peers.. my family and my doctors.. i’ve been to a rehabilation facility for alcohol addiction and it helps.. now i am an alcohol addiction survivor.. ive been clean for about 7mos now and going strong..

  • valyina
    February 18, 2013 - Reply

    hey i want to leave the alchohol earlier i love to do drink but now i feel like i got addiction of drinking.can you please give me some more tips to left drinking.

  • shayantani
    February 26, 2013 - Reply

    nothing is bad if you are taking in raght amount and addiction of anything is always harmful.if someone wants to leave the addiction of drinking so first of all just take strong decision that you can leave it and you are strong.

  • anjali
    March 7, 2013 - Reply

    first of all just talk to your inner self that you really want to leave drinking and the only one can help you out in it that is you and your determination to leave the addiction of drinking.

  • altafmuhammad
    March 18, 2013 - Reply

    hey i wanna left the habit of drinking alcohol,i had tried many times to not to drink it but i cant control on myself please give me some strong sujjestion which can help me out.

  • surajdude
    March 25, 2013 - Reply

    some consultancy are running in every city if you feel like you dont know how to leave the addiction so just go and consult with them and you can consult with your doc also.

  • niharika
    March 28, 2013 - Reply

    nice tips for getting rid of alcohol but i think till somebody wants to quite smoking or drinking habbit no tips or person can help him to quit. well the number you have given of AA-India that’s a good one so if anybody wants to know more about how to get rid of alcohol can contact there.

    impressive step jitesh!!

  • Srishti Khanna
    April 13, 2013 - Reply

    Alcohol addiction can ruin not only your life but also of your loved one’s. I have seen grave influence of this problem on people.People who are suffering from this problem need help rather than ridicule. Help them to get out of it.

  • suresh
    May 17, 2013 - Reply

    i can’t understand one thing that there are so many of things to eat and drink then why people got addicted to these alcohol or nicotine products. really god helps them

  • sohail
    May 27, 2013 - Reply

    m totally agree with you shayantani that nothing is bad if you are taking in right amount as most of the western countries taking alcohols in winter to give heat to their bodies, so if you will take alcohol in limited amount then it will not harm you

  • Sandeep
    June 7, 2013 - Reply

    This article is quite informative for me. Can you tell me some home remedies to quit intake of alcohol.

  • Rahul
    June 12, 2013 - Reply

    Nice post! This is a kind of motivation for all alcoholics. You can quit alcohol with any help if you are determined. I am saying this according to my experience.

  • DUI evaluation
    June 13, 2013 - Reply

    To be complete honest, I have seen people quit alcohol so easily, and I am talking about people who literally drink alcohol everyday. Thus, I think quitting this addiction is more about self-discipline and a strong will and of course support from family and significant others. Nonetheless, thank you for sharing this post. These tips are of great help.

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