|For many adults, having the occasional drink as part of a relaxation regime is a rather harmless activity with no serious impact other than feeling a bit ‘tipsy’. However, for others, alcohol dependency is a very real and serious problem that can have devastating and far-reaching consequences. Addiction is a problem that plagues our population, and of all the abused substances, alcohol is the most prevalent and costly to society.
This is because the problems associated with alcoholism often extend far beyond the drinker. If left untreated, alcoholism can lead to strains on personal relationships, the inability to hold down a job, increased accidents, increase incidence of violent behavior, negative parenting techniques, health problems such as liver disease and even death.
Unfortunately, many people that abuse alcohol do not realize they are doing so and many never seek treatment. For those that do, there are many treatment options that have shown great success in combating a dependence on alcohol. It is possible to find healthier ways of dealing with life’s ups and downs, and repair whatever damage alcoholism has caused in your life.