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What is Alcoholism?
Alcoholism is an addiction to alcohol. Alcoholism or alcohol dependence is a debilitating and progressive condition, consisting of physical dependency and psychological compulsion.
Alcoholism, which is also known as ‘alcohol dependence syndrome’ is an illness that is characterised by the following elements.
Approximately one in ten of the population of the UK suffers from this illness. The effect, not only on the individual but on families, the workplace and society as a whole can be devastating.
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It is no wonder then that alcohol dependence can cause health problems, family breakdown and loss of career or job. The effect of alcohol on even ‘normal’ drinkers can be extreme, for example:
If you are dependent you may have a strong desire for alcohol. On some occasions the desire may be overwhelming. You may have great difficulty in controlling your drinking. You may have no intention of getting drunk but wake up the next morning wondering how it happened again.
Your body can become so used to large amounts of alcohol that you start to develop ‘withdrawal’ symptoms 3 – 8 hours after your last drink as the effect of the alcohol wears off. Some people will drink to stave off these symptoms.
Treatment for Alcohol Problems
The Linwood Group's private, residential alcoholism treatment centre are located in Lincolnshire and Yorkshire, offering help and assistance to people with alcoholism and alcohol abuse problems. We offer residential alcoholism treatment and alcohol detox programmes.
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