Alcoholism is a chronic, progressive, and often fatal disease. Twice as many men are alcoholics. Studies have found that People who start drinking alcohol before the age of 14 are five times more likely to eventually become alcohol dependent than those who start drinking after age 21.
I had no experience of alcohol abuse myself, but I had seen people around me addicted to alcohol and they had destroyed their family in the process. I had seen my mother drinking excessively to drown her sorrows and how he 'lost' herself in the process of drinking.
One of the symptoms associated with alcohol abuse is blackouts, or periods of amnesia that can span several hours or even several days. Alcohol abuse is a chronic self-destructive pattern of heavy drinking that produces significant damage to one's health, career and family relations. The chemistry of alcohol allows it to affect nearly every type of cell in the body, including those in the central nervous system. Alcohol dependence is the inability to free oneself at will from a pattern of heavy drinking and can be thought of as an addiction to a drug. Indeed, alcohol is a drug. It is a central-nervous-system depressant, and some of the dependent individual's craving is based on an acquired physiological need. After prolonged exposure to alcohol, the brain becomes dependent on it. The severity of this disease is influenced by factors such as genetics, psychology, culture, and response to physical pain.
Alcohol abuse is a tremendous social problem in the United States. It is estimated that somewhat over 10% of adults have at least one prolonged bout with alcohol abuse. The cost in auto accidents, damaged careers, and unhappy homes is beyond measure. If you find yourself abusing alcohol or are addicted to alcohol, ask yourself, if you are using alcohol to destroy yourself. If you become aware that you are using a bottle in much the way that a suicide victim uses a gun, then you have made an important step in the direction of recovery. If you feel helpless in the face of this kind of knowledge, you should seek outside assistance, the professional help like Stone Hawk Rehabilitation or the psychiatrists. Drinking alcohol does not solve your problems at all. TV programmes often 'taught' people about drowning your sorrows by drinking at the bar. This is not going to work.
Do not use alcohol to facilitate a creative process too. Most people need good, fresh ideas in their work. Engineers, teachers, people in the advertising business, writers, are all examples of people who are paid to be creative. Remember you do not need alcohol to gain inspiration. Do not start the habit of drinking too. Habitual drinking lead to addiction and abuse. If you discover that your drinking is out of control, and you cannot stop when you want to, and that alcohol abuse and addiction are having a destructive effect on your life, The Stone Hawk program is designed to enable graduates the ability to move back into their life on their own. The programs for re-entry focus on teaching students to live ethical lives free of their addiction, standing on their own two feet.