Alcoholism is conflictingly defined in many respects. Â A generic definition of this term can be consumption of “alcoholic beverages”.
It can be more specifically defined as a state in which a person continually consumes beverages with high alcohol content, Â regardless of health issues and socially unacceptable effects.
Temporary medical definitions illustrate this state to be a compulsion and disease resulting in relentless alcohol consumption irrespective of the negative effects.
For example: the “The Journal of the American Medical Association” identifies alcoholism to be a “primary chronic disease portrayed by impaired drinking control and a preoccupation with the drug – alcohol regardless of the outcome, characterized by disorder in the healthy thought process”.
Studies say that those consuming alcohol from an early stage of around sixteen or lesser fall in the high risk zone of alcohol abuse, or alcohol dependence in future. A rough estimate shows that around nine percent of the common population has a predisposal to alcoholism on the basis of genetic factors.
Although the frequency, regularity, and quantity of the amount of alcohol consumption leading to this state of developed alcoholism differs significantly from a person to another.
This term was primarily applied to the “systematic adverse effect of alcohol” in the year eighteen forty nine by a physician named “Magnus Huss”.
Problems with alcohol differ in rigorousness from “mild” to “lethal” resulting in affecting negatively the victim, the family of the victim, and the society in total.
The irony is that the results of quitting this drug by people physically dependent on it results in much more lethal outcome than for those addicted to cocaine.
Alcoholism results in failure to serve primary obligations at home, work, or school. This habit can even land a person in legal issues. Â Continued consumption of alcohol deteriorates family, interpersonal, and social ties.
The most significant change that happens is in the tolerance level towards alcohol. Even in case of any attempt to withdraw results in various ill- symptoms such as, vomiting, insomnia, nausea, hallucinations, agitation, and more. Another ill-effect is that of preoccupation of self Â either by drinking or recovering from the effects.