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Effects of Alcoholism Growing up in a family with daily alcohol use as a way of life can have a profound effect on a young childs mind Most of the time this situation would seem to have a negative effect on all the people surrounded by this problem Sometimes it can be a blessing in disguise depending on how it is looked at It makes a person wonder why someone would want to stay in a state of depression put his health at risk and take the chance of losing his job or family No one in his right mind would wish this kind of a life for anyone but that is what alcoholism can do to a person Alcohol can have a strong effect on anyone who may be in a state of depression The alcoholic may drink in order to help try and alleviate this state of depression when in fact it only gets worse due to a chemical imbalance in the body Some people say they drink to run away from their problems but alcohol only inflates them What the alcoholic really needs is proper counseling and medication The only chance anyone has to recover from the depression inflated by alcoholism is to completely abstain from the use of any type of depressant This advice is much easier said than done The person with the addiction to alcohol has to want to get help otherwise regardless of how much help everyone concerned wants to give it will not be effective Another negative effect of alcoholism is the slow but sure deterioration of a persons job performance andor family support system This usually occurs in the middle to late stages of an extended abuse of alcohol At this point the alcoholic loses the ability to make clear judgments regarding the need for the basic
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