Alcoholism is a disease

For years people have treated alcoholics in a bad way because of their misjudgement of those misfortune people who are cursed with such addiction.

Even in open societies where drinking alcohol is not forbidden as it is socially accepted there was and still prejudice in treating those who develop the addiction. People don’t understand why someone can’t be strong enough to hold himself of abusing alcohol. Usually people scale on themselves to make a judgement, like thinking I can hold myself, why can’t he? A conclusion would be that the one who can’t is a loser.

Recent scientific studies have proved that alcoholism is a disease, it is an inherited tendency that can be compared to other inherited diseases such as diabetes.

Alcoholism has little to do with what kind of alcohol one drinks, how long one has been drinking, or even exactly how much alcohol one consumes. But it has a great deal to do with a person’s uncontrollable need for alcohol. This description of alcoholism helps us understand why most alcoholics can’t just “use a little willpower” to stop drinking. He or she is frequently in the grip of a powerful craving for alcohol, a need that can feel as strong as the need for food or water. While some people are able to recover without help, the majority of alcoholic individuals need outside assistance to recover from their disease. With support and treatment, many individuals are able to stop drinking and rebuild their lives. Many people wonder: why can some individuals use alcohol without problems, while others are utterly unable to control their drinking? Recent research has demonstrated that for many people a vulnerability to alcoholism is inherited. Yet it is important to recognize that aspects of a person’s environment, such as peer pressure and the availability of alcohol, also are significant influences. Both inherited and environmental influences are called “risk factors.” But risk is not destiny. Just because alcoholism tends to run in families doesn’t mean that a child of an alcoholic parent will automatically develop alcoholism.

Such discoveries can give us an explanation of why some people can drink in excess without developing any kind of dependency on alcohol, while others who do start drinking in small portions can easily become addicted.

Alcoholics need all the support we can provide them in order to be able to quite. Some find it so hard to do some. Others would die in the process. It isn’t a matter of a strong will as it is a matter of how severely one’s body is dependent on alcohol.

There is no treatement for Alcoholism. If one is an alcoholic, he will always be. It doesn’t mean that he can’t stop drinking, but it means that the craving for alcohol can be triggered easily leading him to fall in addiction again.

In our society, there is no tolerance to alcohol at all because drinking is forbidden in Islam. Some don’t even recognize the difference between someone who drinks alcohols and another who is actually addicted. A lot consider those who drink as immoral people because alcohol is considered to be one of the big sins in Islam (Al Kaba2er).

One can imagine how shameful an alcoholic would feel in our society because he doesn’t have the luxury to repent as some others who can drink and stop when they want and can.

Most alcoholics go in a long phase of denial. Refusing to accept their problem because of their fear of how society would look on them. This can only lead them to their death.

It is sad, because of our lack of tolerance, we miss the opportunity of saving many lives.

Read here a comprehensive article about alcoholism:


  1. thanks for posting, commenting on the last line in specific: yes our lack of understanding this and many other issues can cause even bigger problems..


  2. Treatment for alcoholism may vary from person to person. Since alcoholism involves multiple factors that trigger the drinker to drink continuously the treatment will also differ depending upon the factor. However group therapy and psychotherapy can provide better results in treating alcoholism. There are several medication therapies available to control alcoholism. Benzodiazepines, vitamin supplements etc will be useful in reducing the withdrawal symptoms. Medication for long term use will be different. Antabuse will help in reducing the symptoms of hangover. Acamprosate is yet another medicine which proves effective in reducing the adverse effects of alcoholism. This medicine is approved by Food and drug administration.


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