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Alcohol Abuse Or Alcoholism

At New Creation Treatment for women, we believe in digging deeper into the root causes of alcoholism and not just treating its symptoms. By getting at the root, we can design Christian alcohol help and solutions for each patient’s specific case. But before we can help you do that, we must first assess and recognize if the patient is suffering from either alcohol abuse or alcoholism.

What is the Difference Between Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism?

Although used interchangeably, these are actually two different terms. It is important to know and the difference between alcohol abuse and alcoholism, so that you can better deal with your loved one on the basis of her actual problem. While on the same platform, they remain individual and distinct concepts that require different approaches and treatments.

Women suffer from Alcoholism

Alcohol Abuse

This can be described as a recurring set of drinking behaviors that puts a person’s physical, mental, emotional and social well-being at risk. The following paints a clear picture of a person struggling with alcohol abuse:

  • She drinks even while in precarious circumstances, such as night swimming or driving.
  • She starts facing legal conflicts, such as driving under the influence (DUI) or simply being a minor.
  • Binge-drinking and then suffering from hangovers, thus consequently compromising on home, school, or work responsibilities. Her drinking is not as frequent but her tendency to binge makes up for the lack of frequency.

An alcohol abuser can somehow manage to exercise control over her drinking. This ability is what separates her from a person suffering from alcoholism.

“Because alcohol is encouraged by our culture, we get the idea that it isn’t dangerous. However, alcohol is the most potent and most toxic of the legal psychoactive drugs.”
– Beverly A. Potter & Sebastian Orfali, Brain Boosters

Alcoholism

This refers to alcohol addiction or dependency. While an occasional abuser of alcohol can live a relatively normal life without alcohol, alcoholic women cannot. You can know if your loved one is an alcoholic if she displays a high tolerance level to alcohol, and shows withdrawal symptoms and overwhelming cravings in the absence of alcohol. She simply cannot seem to live without drinking, despite the obvious repercussions on her overall health and well-being.

Medically defined as a chronic disease, which can also be hereditary (or genetic), the many symptoms of alcoholism can progress in due course of time and may ultimately become fatally injurious.

The National Institute on Alcohol and Alcoholics (NIAA) says that the four chief symptoms below show a clear definition of the disease:

  • Craving or the insurmountable ‘need’ for alcohol.
  • Feeling powerless and having no control to resist the urge to drink.
  • Being physically dependent on alcohol, which is characterized by sweating, feeling nauseous, vomiting and other withdrawal symptoms when deprived of a drink.
  • An increased alcohol tolerance. This basically means that she needs to consume more amounts of alcohol to get drunk and oblivious.

The Dangers of Alcohol Abuse and Addiction

Whether suffering from alcohol abuse or addiction, alcohol renders your loved one more susceptible to countless health issues. While an alcohol abuser and an alcoholic can share similar health concerns, an alcoholic is more vulnerable to suffering from secondary complications that are often virtually incurable, such as:

  • Brain disease or irreversible brain damage.
  • Liver damage, such as cirrhosis and hepatitis.
  • Heart damage and failure.
  • Cancer, usually of the liver, pancreas, bowel and digestive tract.

To effectively put your loved one out of harm’s way, place her into a woman-empowering rehab facility such as ours. New Creation Treatment will help her reap the countless benefits of being sober, happy and healthy.

“The first step toward recovery from alcoholism is the recognition that a problem exists. Once the problem drinker breaks through denial and admits to having a problem, a range of treatment options become available.”
– Jeffrey S. Nevid, Health in the New Millennium