Alcoholism and its detrimental effect to you

After a party or a typical house dinner you start cleaning the bottles of wine, liquor, and beer. Did you count how much you and your friends consumed? Let’s say you have a little boy or little girl who idolizes you. Would you indulge yourself to alcohol in front of them? Before a night duty or shifting of watches, would you drink alcohol and later jeopardize your job and the people around you? When is it time to say “enough is enough” or “I have to stop”?

About Alcoholism

Alcoholism, also known for its two popular term of disorders, alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence. Both disorders cause serious consequences, affecting an individual’s health and personal life, as well as creating an impact on society at large.

Alcohol abusers, or problem drinkers. These people drinks too much on a regular basis. Their alcohol use is self-destructive and can present a danger to others.

When a person becomes dependent on alcohol, the crossover from being an alcohol abuser to an alcohol dependent begins. An alcoholic creates a pattern of uncontrollable drinking, they already build up a tolerance to alcohol which over time requires them to drink larger quantities of alcohol in order to obtain the same effect, and they will usually experience withdrawal symptoms when they don’t drink.

Alcoholism as a disease

Alcoholism is a disease process, widely accepted among medical communities. Alcohol from problem drinkers can be cured.

“Alcoholism, also known as “alcohol dependence,” is a disease that includes alcohol craving and continued drinking despite repeated alcohol-related problems, such as losing a job or getting into trouble with the law”; as said by alcoholism.about.

“Disease theory of alcoholism is a theory based on the concept that alcoholism is a disease process”; as said by wikipedia.

The Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Dependence

Provided by alcoholism.about.

  1. Neglect of other Activities – Important social, occupational, or recreational activities are given up or reduced because of alcohol use
  2. Excessive Use – Alcohol is consumed in larger amounts over a longer period than intended
  3. Impaired control – Ongoing, unsuccessful efforts to cut down or control alcohol consumption
  4. Persistence of Use – Alcohol consumption is continued despite knowledge of having a persistent or recurrent physical or psychological problem that is likely caused or exacerbated by alcohol
  5. Large Amounts of Time Spent in Alcohol Related Activities – A great deal of time is spent in activities necessary to obtain, use or recover from the effects of alcohol
  6. Withdrawal – Withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea, sweating, shakiness, and anxiety when alcohol use is stopped after a period of heavy drinking
  7. Tolerance – The need for increasing amounts of alcohol in order to feel its effects

Effects of Alcoholism

Health and behavior effects – Short term alcohol use causes the following effects depending on the quantity of consumed alcohol:

  • Loss of inhibition and impaired judgment
  • Dizziness, blurred vision and slurred speech
  • Uncoordinated movements and increased reaction time
  • Unconsciousness and even death

Long-term alcohol use can cause serious health complications which can affect virtually every organ in your body. You can refer to Australian Northern Territory government site for the details. Provided by helpguide.

Alcoholism and the Ship

Consumption of alcohols onboard the ship is under certain limits and should be controlled. Every company must have a clear guidelines regarding the control of alcohol and drugs onboard the ship, as stated in the OCIMF guidelines.

“Company policy should provide for control of onboard alcohol distribution and monitoring of consumption. This policy should support the principle that officers and ratings should not be impaired by alcohol when performing scheduled duties.

OCIMF recommends that officers and ratings observe a period of abstinence from alcohol prior to scheduled watchkeeping duty or work periods. This may be either a fixed period, such as the 4 hours required by the USCG, or a minimum period of 1 hour of abstinence for each unit of alcohol consumed (refer to table 1 for examples of approximate alcohol unit conversions). Whichever method is used to determine the abstinence period, the objective should always be to ensure that, prior to going on scheduled duty, the blood alcohol content of the seafarer is theoretically zero. Officers and ratings should be aware that local regulations may be in place and where this is the case, it is recommended that these be strictly adhered to where they exceed these guidelines”. as said by OCIMF.

Cure for Alcoholism

A lot of hospitals and doctors can help you with the cure for alcoholism. You can check the sites like: alcoholism.about.com, alcoholismcure.org, or you can even check this book about alcoholism on googlebook. But the main point is not about indulging yourself first to alcohol then later on finds a cure for it. You should live an alcohol free life from the very beginning. A lot of contributing factors usually relates to alcoholism. Consider advertising as one of those.

“The advertising of alcohol, the marketing of alcoholic products, peer pressure and parental
influence all play a part in the level of alcohol consumption among young people”; as said by medical news today.

Treatments of alcoholism can lead to different complications and effects on your body.

“Many alcoholics have hypertension, and some receive anti-hypertensive medication, which can complicate their treatment for alcoholism,” explains Johnson. “Because topiramate can reduce drinking substantially and decrease blood pressure significantly, this allows one medication to be given instead of several”, as said by medical news media.

Conclusion

This article intends to give awareness on the effects of alcohol abuse. Accidents onboard the ship relating to excessive intake of alcohol leads to devastating results. Let us also think about our family that gets affected with our actions relating to alcohol abuse. Last but not the least; I’d like to share to you this simple poem:

“First a man takes a drink, then the drink takes another drink, then the drink takes the man.”

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