Alcoholism can take a heavy toll on your life. In fact, it is estimated that a lot of people who think of themselves as “social drinkers” are in fact alcoholics.
If you have trouble not drinking alcohol for more than 6 weeks, then you shouldn’t think of yourself as a social drinker anymore. You might really have a problem.
Alcohol can be extremely addictive, and many people think that only “weak” people can be victims of addiction. However, addiction doesn’t care whether a person is strong or weak – in fact, in weak persons, addictions are weaker, in strong persons, addictions are stronger. So overcoming addictions is comparably difficult.
If you think that you have an alcohol problem, and have not yet tried to stop it, then I recommend the Stop Alcohol Abuse program for you.
Alcoholism not just wreaks havoc in your body, it can also destroy your family life and change your friendships – mainly causing trouble with good friends, and winning new friends that are bad for you.
Alcoholism & Anxiety
A recent study ((Andrew Holmes, Paul J Fitzgerald, Kathryn P MacPherson, Lauren DeBrouse, Giovanni Colacicco, Shaun M Flynn, Sophie Masneuf, Kristen E Pleil, Chia Li, Catherine A Marcinkiewcz, Thomas L Kash, Ozge Gunduz-Cinar, Marguerite Camp. Chronic alcohol remodels prefrontal neurons and disrupts NMDAR-mediated fear extinction encoding. Nature Neuroscience, 2012; DOI: 10.1038/nn.3204)) has also shown that heavy drinking rewires the brain in a way that can lead to anxiety problems.
It’s a well-known fact in the medical community that alcoholics suffer more often with anxiety issues, especially post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In experiments with mice researchers could show that excessive alcohol consumption leads to changes in the brain circuitry, which makes coping with stressful and traumatic experiences more difficult for them. Traumatic experiences are a part of life. They’re not just big traumatic experiences like the loss of a loved one, but also more common, everyday experiences, for example when a fast cyclist suddenly rides near you and scared you for just a second. There’s a part in your brain that after the shock sends you the signal: “Hey, it’s ok, it’s not dangerous anymore.” This function is inhibited in alcoholics – so the stress and trauma linger much longer than in other people, affecting their psyche and physical well being negatively. This effect is of course even more negative when it is a serious traumatic experience.
Recommended self hypnosis download: Stop Alcohol Abuse