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TABLE OF CONTENTS

PLEASE READ THIS FIRST ................................................................................................. 2

1. ALCOHOLISM - AN OVERVIEW .................................................................................... 7

2. IS ALCOHOLISM A DISEASE OR A VICE? ................................................................ 10

MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY OF ALCOHOLISM ............................................................ 10

ONE VIEW; ‘ALCOHOLISM IS A DISEASE’.................................................................. 11

THE OTHER VIEW; ‘ALCOHOLISM IS NOT A DISEASE, BUT A VICE’................... 11

3. WHAT IS ALCOHOLISM? .............................................................................................. 13

Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse - Are they different?....................................................... 14

CAUSES OF ALCOHOLISM ............................................................................................. 14

CONSEQUENCES OF ALCOHOLISM ............................................................................. 14

Physical consequences .................................................................................................... 15

Social Consequences ....................................................................................................... 16

4. STAGES OF ALCOHOLISM ........................................................................................... 17

FIRST STAGE..................................................................................................................... 17

Symptoms......................................................................................................................... 17

SECOND STAGE................................................................................................................ 18

Symptoms......................................................................................................................... 18

THIRD STAGE.................................................................................................................... 19

Symptoms......................................................................................................................... 19

FOURTH STAGE................................................................................................................ 19

Symptoms......................................................................................................................... 20

5. HOW ALCOHOLISM AFFECTS YOUR BODY ........................................................... 21

EFFECTS OF ALCOHOLISM............................................................................................ 21

Short-term Effects............................................................................................................ 22

Long-term Effects ............................................................................................................ 22

Effects on Your Nervous System ...................................................................................... 23

LIVER.................................................................................................................................. 24

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GASTRO-INTESTINAL SYSTEM .................................................................................... 24

BLOOD................................................................................................................................ 24

REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM............................................................................................... 25

HEART AND CIRCULATORY SYSTEM......................................................................... 25

6. WARNING SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF ALCOHOLISM ........................................ 26

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF ALCOHOLISM ................................................................ 27

7. COMMON CAUSES OF ALCOHOLISM ....................................................................... 29

8. ALCOHOLISM RELATED TO STRESS........................................................................ 32

HOW YOUR BODY RESPONDS TO STRESS................................................................. 32

IS STRESS HARMFUL?..................................................................................................... 33

Does Stress Always Lead to Drinking Problems and Alcoholism? ................................. 33

Does Drinking Relieve or Induce Stress.......................................................................... 35

9. IS THERE A CURE FOR ALCOHOLISM? ................................................................... 36

WHY DO PEOPLE ABUSE ALCOHOL? .......................................................................... 37

Can You Bring Back an Alcoholic or Cure Their Habit?................................................ 38

10. MYTHS AND MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT ALCOHOLISM................................... 39

11. ALCOHOLISM AND YOUR BRAIN ............................................................................ 42

HOW DOES ALCOHOL CAUSE INTOXICATION? ....................................................... 43

How the brain is affected................................................................................................. 43

12. ALCOHOL WITHDRAWAL SYNDROME.................................................................. 45

WHAT IS ALCOHOL WITHDRAWAL SYNDROME? ................................................... 45

Your Doctor can Help You .............................................................................................. 45

How Your Doctor can Help Your Withdrawal ................................................................ 46

How can my family and friends contribute to withdrawal process? ............................... 46

13. ALCOHOLISM IS A FAMILY CRISIS......................................................................... 47

PARENTAL ALCOHOLISM.............................................................................................. 47

THE SPOUSE OF AN ALCOHOLIC ................................................................................. 48

ALCOHOLISM IN PREGNANT WOMEN........................................................................ 49

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14. WOMEN ALCOHOLICS FACE GREATER HEALTH RISKS THAN MEN .......... 50

15. ALCOHOLISM IN THE ELDERLY.............................................................................. 53

EFFECTS OF ALCOHOLISM............................................................................................ 53

SIGNS OF ALCOHOLISM IN ELDERLY PEOPLE ......................................................... 54

HOW TO SUPPORT ELDERLY ALCOHOLICS TO RECOVERY ................................. 55

16. EFFECTS OF ALCOHOLISM IN TEENS.................................................................... 56

SIGNS OF ALCOHOLISM IN TEENAGERS.................................................................... 56

CAUSES OF ALCOHOLISM IN TEENAGERS................................................................ 57

EFFECTS OF ALCOHOLISM ON TEENAGERS ............................................................. 58

TREATING OR COMBATING ALCOHOLISM IN TEENAGERS.................................. 59

17. PREVENTING ALCOHOLISM THROUGH EDUCATION ...................................... 60

WHERE TO START ........................................................................................................... 60

18. ALCOHOLISM DIET PLAN .......................................................................................... 62

Educational Support........................................................................................................ 64

19. MOTIVATION AS PART OF SUCCESSFUL TREATMENT.................................... 65

YOUR STAGES OF MOTIVATION.................................................................................. 65

Motivational Sources....................................................................................................... 66

How to Apply Your Motivational Treatment Programs .................................................. 67

20. ALCOHOL AND CONTROLLING YOUR WEIGHT................................................. 68

EFFECTS OF ALCOHOL ON BODY WEIGHT ............................................................... 68

21. TWENTY-ONE TIPS FOR COPING WITH ALCOHOLISM.................................... 69

22. HOW DO I HELP MY ALCOHOLIC HUSBAND? ..................................................... 72

23. DIAGNOSING PROBLEM DRINKING AND ALCOHOLISM ................................. 75

24. UNDERSTANDING LAB TESTS FOR ALCOHOLISM............................................. 78

PATHOLOGICAL TESTS .................................................................................................. 79

Liver Biopsy..................................................................................................................... 79

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25. HOW TO TREAT ALCOHOLISM ................................................................................ 81

RESIDENTIAL PROGRAMS............................................................................................. 82

SELF-CARE AT HOME PROGRAMS .............................................................................. 83

REHABILITATION PROGRAMS ..................................................................................... 84

26. MEDICATIONS ............................................................................................................... 85

WITHDRAWAL OR DETOXIFICATION PROCESS....................................................... 85

FURTHER TREATMENT FOR ALCOHOLISM............................................................... 86

27. RECOVERING FROM ALCOHOLISM - ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTS.......... 89

28. NUTRITIONAL TREATMENT FOR DETOXIFICATION AND RECOVERY

FROM ALCOHOLISM ......................................................................................................... 92

29. QUOTATIONS ON ALCOHOLISM AND RECOVERY ............................................ 94

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