Alcohol dependence, more commonly called ‘alcoholism’, is the most severe drinking problem. Alcoholics experience an overwhelmingly strong, craving for alcohol.
It is estimated that over 12% of Indians show the signs of alcohol dependence; and it is a problem which is increasing.
Alcohol dependent people can build up a tolerance to alcohol which means that they suffer withdrawal symptoms if they stop.
Drinking large amounts daily has a range of long-term health consequences, including liver damage, high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease. Alcohol can also contribute to mental health problems, as it is a depressant which interferes with the brain’s neurotransmitters.
However, as well as physical issues, equally difficult are the social impacts on the person’s relationships and ability to work. The behavior of the person when under the influence of alcohol can cause a range of problems for those around them.