What Makes a Person an Alcoholic?
What makes a person an alcoholic?
Alcoholics are born rather than made. There is a defect in the mood centres of the brain so that the alcoholic feels low for no reason. This is relieved by using alcohol. In this way ‘alcoholism’ is a bad term. It names the illness after one of its potential ‘treatments’, like calling a sore throat ‘Penicillinism’. But alcohol is a very bad treatment because it has so many damaging side-effects.
Cultural and environmental influences have some significance but they are not the precise cause. Even so, they need to be taken into consideration and countered if possible if they are a bad influence.
The appropriate diagnosis is ‘neuro-transmission disease’, indicating the nature of the problem in the brain.
The appropriate treatment is to use the mood-altering process of reaching out to other alcoholics on an anonymous basis continuingly one day at a time. Medicinal or other behavioural treatments merely lead to another addiction.
Even total abstainers can cause just as many problems as alcoholics if they pick up drugs or gambling. They need to put their entire addictive tendency into hibernation (it never goes away), rather than give up one or two addictive substances or processes and declare oneself to have cracked the problem.