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The Subgroups Of Alcohol Abuse

April 16, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 174

Anyone who has ever struggled with alcoholism before knows what a serious problem it can be. It can lead to long-term health issues if you do not get a medical intervention. It is best to go to an alcohol treatment detox center so that you can rid your body of all alcohol before you begin residential rehab. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or is an alcoholic, it is important that they seek medical help as quickly as possible. With help from rehab professionals, it is possible for a person with an alcohol problem to take back control of their lives and get their health back to normal.

Alcoholism

If you are struggling with alcohol abuse, you could be putting your body in great danger. Alcoholism is defined by a person who has an uncontrollable consumption of alcoholic beverages. It can affect many different aspects of a person's life. In the medical community, alcoholism is defined as a neurological disorder rather than a disease. Whatever it is called, it can be agreed upon that alcoholism is a very destructive habit that can ruin an individual's life.

Young People

The first subtype of alcoholics is the young adult subtype. According to researches this group makes up about thirty-two percent of alcoholics within the United States. They are young adults who tend not to seek help or treatment for their alcohol abuse. They are about 24 years old however their issues started around the age of 20. They actually drink less frequently than other alcoholics, but when they do they binge drink.

Antisocial Behavior

About twenty one percent of alcoholics are known as the young antisocial subtype. This subtype includes those young adults around twenty-six years old. More than half have an antisocial personality disorder. The average onset of drinking was around 15 years of age. They are also more likely to smoke tobacco and pot. This subtype does not overlap with the young adult subtype.

Functioning Addicts

The functional subtype makes up around nineteen percent of alcoholics within the United States. These functioning alcoholics tend to be middle aged and have stable relationships as well as being gainfully employed. They have high incomes than other alcoholics. They will drink every other day consuming more than five drinks a day.

Chronic Abusers

Nine percent of alcoholics in the United States are referred to as the chronic sever subtype. This is the rarest subtype of alcoholism that there is. This subtype is made up of mostly men. Additionally, many individuals in this group also have an addiction to hard drugs. For people in this group, medical intervention is the only way they will be able to quit drinking.

Research

The conclusion of these findings regarding subtypes reveals that young people are more affected by alcohol dependency than previous thought. It is important to note as well that although some subtypes may function better than others any dependence on alcohol is dangerous and will have severe consequences. The research also noted that in addition to suffering from alcoholism there was usually a co-occurring disorder prevalent in many alcoholics.

If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol abuse, it is necessary for them to go to an alcohol treatment detox center. Without medical intervention, it is very unlikely that a person will be able to quit drinking. If a person is an alcoholic, they may experience very severe health effects. It is so important for anyone who has a drinking problem to get help at a rehabilitation facility as soon as they can. Taking this step is the only way for them to take their lives back from alcohol.

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