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Alcoholism refers to the drinking of alcoholic beverages to such a degree that important things of an individuals life - such as work school family relationships or personal safety and health are seriously and repeatedly interfered with Alcoholism is considered a disease meaning that it follows a characteristic course with known physical and social symptoms The alcoholic continues to consume alcohol even though the destructive consequences heshe may face Alcoholism is serious and a very difficult habbit to break If not treated it may be a habit that cannot be broken or maybe even a fatal problem It is generally thought that once the disease has developed the alcoholic will not drink normally again It is important to note that the particular symptoms and pattern of drinking problems may vary with the individual Alcoholism is therefore a very complex disorder and this complexity has led some researchers to question the accuracy of the disease of alcoholism There are generally four basic types of alcoholism The first type is called Alpha Alcoholism It is being purely psychological dependent on alcohol Haskins 84 With Alpha Alcoholism the person depends on alcohol to relieve bodily and emotional pain This stage and all stages are serious in teens drinking because any alcohol intake is dangerous for teens still developing mentally and physically Another term for this alcoholic behavior is often called problem drinking The second type of the alcoholic behaviors is called Beta Alcoholism It does not involve either psycological or physical dependence on alcohol But yet worse on your body than Alpha Alcoholism because the heavy drinking may lead to ulcers cirrhosis of the liver damage to the nerves and kidney problemsHaskins 85 Beta alcoholics have a shortened life expectancy and suffer from financial and emotional demands due to excessive over drinking Just like smoking it costs money like everything else the demand for alcohol will get to the circumstance of pinching every penny to just get one
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