Becoming dependent on alcohol
Alcohol tastes good to most adults although not, usually, to children. It can help you to relax, which can make it easier to talk to other people, especially if you are a bit shy. The downside is that it can make you unfit to drive, to operate machinery and affects your ability to make decisions. If you go on drinking, your speech starts to slur, you become unsteady on your feet and may start to say things you may regret the next day. If you drink even more, most people start to feel sleepy, sick or dizzy. You may pass out. The next day you may be unable to remember what happened while you were drinking.
Alcohol can be a very effective way of feeling better for a few hours. If you are depressed and lacking in energy, it can be tempting to use alcohol to help you keep going and cope with life. The problem is that it is easy to slip into drinking regularly, using it like a medication. The benefits soon wear off and the drinking becomes part of a routine. You start to notice that instead of choosing to have a drink, you feel you have to have it; you wake up with shaky hands and a feeling of nervousness; you start to drink earlier and earlier; your work starts to suffer; your drinking starts to affect your relationships; you carry on drinking in spite of the problems it causes; you find you have to drink more and more to get the same effect (tolerance); you start to “binge drink” regularly.
Alcohol can lead to psychosis - hearing voices when there is nobody there; dementia - memory loss, rather like Alzheimer's dementia (11). Therapy can help you address the causes of addiction to help you stop your addictive behaviour (4).
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