Why is alcoholism socially acceptable?

In our society, drinking alcohol is a very common habit, and even socially approved. It’s related to parties, reunions between friends or it’s a way to create a bond. It’s also linked to a socially accepted way to escape the stress of motherhood. That’s why there is a large percentage of people trapped in the claws of this scourge and many of them do not know it.

The motivation to consume alcohol is very strong, and is associated with the “positive” effects that consumption entails, such as immediate social euphoria or uninhibited social relations.

glass-3109246_1920Alcohol addiction is one of the most severe and complicated addiction to overcome because of the ease with which it is available, unlike other drugs. Alcohol is found in all bars, stores and most people’s home.  The vast majority of the population consume it usually or occasionally.

Alcohol has a severe impact on those who abuse it, and they are often irreversible. It is a serious illness that, when left untreated, can have serious professional, personal and health consequences. So why aren’t we taking it more seriously?

Alcohol is a depressant of the central nervous system, which means that it blocks its functions. For someone who lives with a chronic illness that feels pains all the time, it can be tempting to self medicate with alcohol as it numbs us and gives us temporary relief. With repeated alcohol consumption, ingestion of alcohol needs to be higher and higher to achieve the same effect.

The problem is that alcohol can permanently cause damage in the nervous tissue, producing the death of neurons.

When the continuous consumption of alcohol is interrupted abruptly, after about 8 hours, this causes the following effects: anxiety, depression, fatigue, irritability, tremors, among others. I already have all of those because of my autoimmune illnesses, I don’t want it to get worse. 

The famous “hangover” that one feels after heavy alcohol ingestion is due to brain dehydration because the body tends to expel alcohol using different organs via perspiration or urine , thus generating this dehydration and its consequences, such as nausea, headaches, blurred vision, etc.

 

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