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Alcohol addiction is both a physical and psychological craving for alcohol. It is considered by some to be a disease. No matter how one views it, though, the fact is that a person suffering from it not only wants a drink, he or she literally has to have a drink. In other words, he must consume alcohol in order to keep from suffering the physical symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, and to calm the signals that are being released by those parts of the brain that have been affected by alcohol consumption.

Alcohol addiction causes a state of physical intoxication, which is manifested in an inability to walk without staggering or falling, slurred speech, and, often, inappropriate behavior such as loud talking or aggressiveness. When so much alcohol has been ingested that the body and brain can no longer handle it, a person may pass out.

If a person allows himself to become sober, he will exhibit symptoms of a "hangover"; aching head, extreme thirst, and stomach upset. A person with a true alcohol addiction, however, rarely lets himself reach a sober state.

There is much speculation as to why some people suffer from alcohol addiction, while others do not. Many theories have been offered, including the possibility that genetics may play a role. Many of those who have entered into alcohol rehab programs were found to have fathers, uncles, or brothers who were also considered alcoholics.

Further studies have shown a direct correlation between marijuana use and alcohol addiction. Again, this is thought to have a genetic relationship, although researchers are careful to say that no one thing, such as genetics causes addiction to any drug; environmental factors and other things can also play a part, and often do.

Anyone can suffer from alcohol addiction, although it is more prevalent in adults, simply because of the fact that younger people cannot legally purchase alcohol. It is true that young people have ways of obtaining alcohol, thus becoming susceptible to alcoholism; for this reason, parents and guardians should be vigilant in protecting young people from having access to alcohol.

When a person with an alcohol addiction does not drink alcohol for a period of time, the body goes into a withdrawal stage. During this time, he may experience nausea, vomiting, excessive sweating and severe muscle tremors. In the more advanced stages of withdrawal, he may suffer hallucinations.

Unless a person seeks rehabilitation, he will eventually lose his job. If he continues to go without help, he may find himself cut off from family and friends, and may even become homeless. Fortunately, there are alcohol treatment centers which are dedicated solely to the treatment of alcoholism. A search of alcohol treatment centers on the Internet will give information on those facilities available in different areas of one's state.

Further, September, 2010 has been declared "Recovery Month" by the Federal Government. In the months leading up to then and during the entire month, the government will focus on providing ways for people to obtain information on rehabilitation and recovery.

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