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Alcohol is the most used and abused drug in the world for this reason there is no wonder why we have alcohol problems The most common problem is alcoholism Alcoholism is a chronic usually progressive disease that includes both a psychological and a physical addiction to alcohol Alcoholics know what will happen to them when they drink but they are so addicted they cant stop drinking Alcohol becomes the most important part of the persons life It totally consumes them all their thoughts and actions have to do are somehow associated with alcohol Alcoholism like other illnesses will become worse without treatment and remain life-threatening as long as it is left untreated The psychological dependence an alcoholic has is when they think alcohol is necessary and life will not be good without it The physical dependence an alcoholic has is when their body becomes so used to the drug that it now needs alcohol to function without pain Alcoholism is not a disease experienced only by adults Alcoholism like any illness can strike at any age Ten percent of the adult drinkers in the US are considered alcoholics or at least experience drinking problems to some degree Surveys have shown that more than one out of three Americans have a personal friend or relative who has had a drinking problem for ten years or longer Almost two out of three Americans report that they know someone who drinks too much It is estimated that there are 18 million alcoholic or problem drinkers in the US For every alcoholic there are at least four other people who are affected by the alcoholic This means that in the US there are at least seventy-two million other people dealing with
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