Alcoholism: Illness characterized by the habitual, compulsive and lasting high consumption of alcohol as well as the development of radical negative behavior when drinking is suddenly stopped.
Symptoms: A prolonged dependency on alcohol results in severe problems:
- In the pancreas (acute pancreatis)
- In the liver (cirrhosis)
- In the heart
- In the urinary system
- In the skin
- In the sexual organs (causing impotence)
- In the gastrointestinal and digestive tracts
- Obesity in some.
- In the nervous system which can be completely unsettled by the death of nerve cells.This is due to the fact that alcohol removes water from these cells producing a series of nervous disorders, which are frequently reflected in signs of depression and anxiety, which in extreme cases can lead to delirium tremens, causing hallucinations.
|Alcohol is a substance, which uses vitamins and minerals for its metabolism, and those that are not present are taken from tissues causing a great disorder in the body.|
Mothers who drink while pregnant adversely affect their children causing serious physical and mental problems. Alcohol raises the risk of spontaneous abortions, retards development of the fetus, and later can result in hyperactivity and irritability in the child. If a pregnant woman consumes alcohol on a regular basis (as well as other drugs) the fetus can become addicted to these substances.
Causes of alcoholism: inheritance, environment, work, social drinking, stress, depression, idleness, immaturity and loneliness.