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The most difficult process of recognizing alcoholism as a disease is that alcoholism really doesn't seem like a disease. Most of those who suffer from alcoholism do not feel sick, they do not sound sick, they may not smell sick and they may not act sick—but they are. Alcoholism is a disease that is chronic, progressive and potentially fatal if left untreated.
The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence provides the following definition of alcoholism:
“Alcoholism is a primary chronic disease with genetic, psychosocial and environmental factors influencing its development and manifestations. The disease is often progressive and fatal. It is characterized by impaired control over drinking, preoccupation with the drug alcohol, use of alcohol despite adverse consequences, and distortions in thinking, mostly denial. Each of these symptoms may be continuous or periodic.”
As if matters are not bad enough when alcoholism is a factor, the progressive nature of this potentially fatal disease work to compound the problem. In the early stages, drinking habits may only consist of having a couple of drinks in the evening. As time goes on, one drink turns into two and two turns into four. In time, this progressive disease leads the alcoholic to drink 12, 15 or more drinks per day, ultimately drinking until he or she passes out.
Alcoholism is a progressive disease that may progress quite slowly over a rather extensive period of time or it could take effect over mere weeks or a few short months. For some, rapid progression of alcoholism is what leads friends or family members to seeking immediate help through intervention. For others, especially those who's alcoholism progresses quite slowly over time, denial plays a key role in their constant decision to say “no” to those who offer to help.
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