Alcohol Addiction 1 Abstract This research paper will explain some of the causes and treatments of alcohol addiction.This disease is commonly known as alcoholism which has affected many people around theworld for numerous reasons. There are many issues such as family, experience, andenvironmental that lead people to alcoholism. Treatment for alcoholism is extremely importantdue to the nature of alcoholism and the effects it has on not only health but also to the family andfriends around the alcoholic. According to the Center for Disease Control (2018), there are88,000 deaths in the United States due to alcohol and is one of our nation’s most preventabledeaths.
Alcohol Addiction 2 There are many reasons why one chooses to start drinking alcohol and those reasons can begin to justify abusing alcohol which leads to becoming an alcoholic. Alcoholism can stem from a variety of reasons and from those in all walks of life. It begins with one drink which may seem to “help” the negative emotions and situations a person may be dealing with. That sense ofrelief may lead a person to continue drinking and eventually becoming dependent on alcohol; eventually feeling the need to consume the substance to enjoy everyday life. The DSM-5 (American Psychiatric Association, 2013) has the formal diagnosis of alcoholism listed as alcohol use disorder (AUD). Alcohol use over long periods of time can lead to several impairments which present as 2 or more of the 11 symptoms within a one-year period (Sullivan, 2017). There are some considerations relevant to the neuropsychological impairments that can happen as symptoms of drinking excessive alcohol. These symptoms occur within the frontal lobe of the alcoholic’s brain. Approximately one-third to half of alcoholics who are treatment-seeking have signs of cognitive or motor impairments (2017).