Alcoholics – how to help them
Almost everyone nowadays either have an alcoholic in their family or know one who might be a friend of a friend. Being an alcoholic doesn’t mean getting drunk every other weekend and acting stupid. Alcoholics start out by drinking socially and eventually end up not being able to make it through one day without having a drink. Being intoxicated makes a person unable to make rational decisions. This is why so many domestic violence cases and even murders start out with one or two people being drunk.
Being an alcoholic means you are addicted to alcohol. This addiction is just like any other substance addiction. It is dangerous, compromises your health and needs to be rehabilitated. Long term alcohol abuse can cause your organs to give in when you are older. It can also cause liver cancer.
If you suspect someone is addicted to alcohol and you want to step in and help them, the first step would be to stage an intervention. This is when you get together a group of the addicted person’s friends and family as well as a pastor or priest to talk to the person and try to make him/her see reason. This would also be a good platform to use if you are trying to get them to consider rehab.
Many child abuse cases are also the after effect of alcoholism. Some people drink to forget about their problem whether it be marital, emotional or financial but they end up making their problems worse by becoming addicted to alcohol. Many people become so addicted that they end up becoming criminals and start stealing just to support their addiction.
Sometime when expectant mothers cannot stop drinking while pregnant it can cause the unborn baby a lot of damage. This is very sad considering that the child really does not deserve this. Children also get addicted to alcohol sometimes due to bad childhood circumstances or living conditions that are beyond their control. In these cases the best thing would be to get professional help such as a social worker who can assist in helping the child or staging an intervention.