|Alcohol Problems and Solutions|
by Stephen Gislason MD
Drinking Alcoholic Beverages
The Problem is drinking too much of the wrong drinks
The Solution : Stop Drinking Alcoholic Beverages
Humans like to become intoxicated. Fermented, liquid foods that contain alcohol are used worldwide in parties, celebrations and rituals. It is common for fermented foods to be included in the daily diet. Small doses of fermented foods relax inhibitions and can feel pleasant in social situations. Larger doses are toxic to the brain and disable the drinker. The regular abuse of alcoholic beverages is called "alcoholism. The stigma attached to the term "alcoholism" remains an obstacle to understanding this common problem.
There is a tendency to deny or to "normalize" excessive drinking. The use of alcoholic beverages is woven into the fabric of society and excessive use of alcohol is often considered "normal. Ingestion of alcoholic beverage in excess produces many disease patterns involving every part of the body. Even “moderate” alcohol abuse distorts the personality, emotions and intellect of the "social drinker." The cognitive impairments and personality distortion are a direct consequence of brain dysfunction cause by ethanol and other chemical pathogens in alcoholic beverages. Alcohol abuse is considered to be an addiction and some argue about calling alcoholism a “disease.” The term “addiction” refers both the compulsive aspect of drinking and also to the harm drinking causes. The drinker harms himself, his family and the community at large. A reasonable person will notice the harm he or she is causing and will seek to remedy the problem. An addict ignores the harm and remains devoted to ingesting alcoholic beverages no matter how much harm is caused.
Intoxication with alcoholic beverages generates behaviors that are regrettable and often destructive. Drunk people do much harm to themselves and others. The main drug effect is exerted by ethanol on the brain. As blood levels of ethanol increase, more and more brain functions are shut-down, rendering the intoxicant temporarily demented, with inappropriate behavior, incoordination and poor judgment. Alcohol intoxication routinely promotes fighting, assaults and death by accident or murder.
Dr. Gislason states in his preface to the book, Alcohol Problems and Solutions:
"I have learned that humans generally do things that they should stop doing. In addition, I have learned that reasonable, rational solutions to human problems are seldom pursued for very long. Alcohol abuse is one of the common human aberrations that has an easy, rational solution --- stop drinking. But drinkers routinely avoid the easy, rational path to health and happiness and instead pursue a self-destructive course that causes much harm and great human misery. This is a curious feature of the human mind that requires explanation.
Dr. Sidney Cohen, a drug abuse expert, described alcohol as "the most dangerous drug on earth." There are a variety of drinking patterns and the range of injury among alcohol abusers is great. Some are mildly injured and can recover on their own with the right tools and techniques. Others are critically injured, need hospitalization and prolonged rehabilitation with custodian supervision. The challenge to a heavy drinker is not just to stop drinking for a while, but to stop forever.
Alcoholism is a complex and diverse problem. My book attempts to understand the problem of alcoholism and points to a comprehensive solution that requires alcohol abstinence and diet revision along with moral and mental resolve to restore a sane, sensible way of living. "
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