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5 Ways to Fight Alcohol Abuse

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Developing healthier habits, such as exercising, can help you keep your drinking under control.

Alcohol abuse is a common activity that people engage in at least once in their life. Approximately 90% of the American adult population has tried alcohol at least one time. One of the biggest problems with alcohol is that people usually begin to abuse the substance in social situations, but that can easily escalate to people further abusing the substance for other reasons, such as a way to self-medicate themselves when they are stressed and depressed.

If a person continues to abuse alcohol they may eventually develop a dependency to the drug, or they may develop an addiction to it. Alcohol addiction is a chronic brain disease, and alcohol dependency will result in a person going through physical withdrawals every time they reduce the amount they drink, or when they do not have any alcohol in their system.

Both alcohol addiction and dependency commonly require treatment when a person decides to stop drinking. However, a person can still abuse alcohol without developing an addiction or dependency to the substance.

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, some people who abuse alcohol are not dependent, but they still have a dangerous disorder. For example, alcohol abuse can cause a person to not fulfill responsibilities at work, home, or school because of their drinking. In addition, they may also put themselves in dangerous situations, or have legal or social problems because of their drinking.

Five Ways a Person Can Fight Alcohol Abuse

There are five simple ways a person can fight alcohol abuse…

  1. Avoid places or events that serve alcohol.
  2. A person can tell a friend or loved one to cut them off after one or two drinks, if they feel this will work.
  3. Find another activity that relieves stress instead of drinking; exercise can be extremely beneficial.
  4. Start seeing a therapist to deal with any emotions or stress.
  5. Talk with loved ones and family about abusing alcohol.

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, abusing alcohol, whether over a period of time or on a single occasion, can take a serious toll on a person’s health. Alcohol significantly affects a drinker’s brain. Alcohol interferes with the brain’s communication pathways, and affects the way the brain works. These brain disruptions caused from alcohol can change a person’s behavior and mood, and make it harder for them to think clearly.

Alcohol abuse can cause a person to have long or short-term health problems, and can lead a person down a dangerous road. Fighting alcohol abuse before it develops into alcoholism can eventually save a person’s life.

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