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How alcohol can destroy a family

Speak Out on Violence: DORIS KASOTE
ALCOHOLISM is the addiction to the consumption of alcoholic drink; alcohol dependency.
Alcoholism has been known by a variety of terms, including alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence.
Today, it’s referred to as alcohol use disorder.
It occurs when you drink so much that your body eventually becomes dependent on or addicted to alcohol.
When this happens, alcohol becomes the most important thing in your life.
People with alcohol use disorder will continue to drink even when drinking causes negative consequences, like losing a job or destroying relationships with people they love. They may know that their alcohol use negatively affects their lives, but it’s often not enough to make them stop drinking.
Some people may drink alcohol to the point that it causes problems, but they’re not physically dependent on alcohol. This used to be referred to as alcohol abuse.
Alcohol use disorder develops when you drink so much that chemical changes in the brain occur. These changes increase the pleasurable feelings you get when you drink alcohol. This makes you want to drink more often, even if it causes harm.
Eventually, the pleasurable feelings associated with alcohol use go away and the person with alcohol use disorder will engage in dr inking to prevent withdrawal symptoms. These withdrawal symptoms can be quite unpleasant and even dangerous.
Alcohol use disorder typically develops gradually over time. It’s also known to ruin families.
I know of a man who had a well-paying job but had his career ruined because of the love of alcohol. To him, it was initially a pass time to take one or two bottles before heading home. The one or two turned to one too many to a point where he could no longer do without alcohol.
The need for alcohol became so bad such that he began absconding work to have a drink at the nearest pub. He would drink the whole day as work was pending. He would get so drunk such that the bar man wold be the one to drive him home.
Seeing that the burden was too much for her, the wife turned to her parents-in-law seeking help but they advised that she gives him time hoping he would reform. His employers tried to be patient with him especially that before the addiction he was one of the most reliable employees and hoped he would come round and get back to his senses.
The news that she dreaded from her husband’s employers finally came. He had lost his job, how was she to support an alcoholic husband and three children. For the sake of the wedding vows that state for better for worse, she hung in there and supported him for two years as well as took him to rehab. This was besides the emotional abuse that the man had caused not only to her but to the three children as well.
Any human being can only take in so much. She could not continue being under so much emotional and financial strain. She had even lost her self because she spent all her time and effort trying to put the man right but all her efforts were in vain.
She sent the man to his parents hoping they would have a better plan to deal with their son who had showed no sign of reforming.
Until next week.
Let’s keep in touch, dkasote@daily-mail.co.zm

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