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Alcoholism Alcohol is liquid distilled product of fermented fruits grains and vegetables used as solvent antiseptic and sedative for potential abuse Possible effects are intoxication sensory alteration and anxiety reduction Symptoms of overdose staggering odor of alcohol on breath loss of coordination slurred speech dilated pupils fetal alcohol syndrome in babies and nerve and liver damage Withdrawal Syndrome is first sweating tremors then altered perception followed by psychosis fear and finally auditory hallucinations Indications of possible miss-use are confusion disorientation and loss of motor nerve control convulsions shock shallow respiration involuntary defecation drowsiness respiratory depression and possible death Alcohol is also known as Booze Juice Brew Vino and Sauce Most people know why alcohol is abused some reasons are relaxation sociability and cheap high Alcohol is a depressant that decreases the responses of the central nervous system Alcoholism is a disease that has been destroying peoples lives mentally physically and emotionally throughout the entire world since the early 18th century Sometimes people get the idea that alcohol abuse and alcoholism are the same thing The National Council on Alcoholism says Alcohol Abuse a problem to solve Alcoholism a disease to conquer Alcohol Abuse is the misuse of the substance alcohol You know you are abusing an alcoholic substance when you continue to use it even though youre having social or personal problems because of your use You still use it even though its causing you physical problems Using it the way you do is causing you legal problems You dont live up to major responsibilities on the job or in your family Alcoholism is being addicted or dependent on alcohol You may be dependent on alcohol if any three of the following are true You have to use larger and larger amounts of it to get drunk You have withdrawal when you try to stop or cut down You use it much more and for longer times than you really want to You cant seem
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