By HMO Staff
Qualification : BA Psychology
Monday May 14 2018 12:03 PM Comments 0
What is Alcohol Addiction?
Alcohol addiction is when the habit of alcohol consumption exceeds social drinking, and results in symptoms such as the following:
Drinking too much can affect your health, relationships, or performance at work or school. When your body becomes dependent on alcohol, you end up drinking too much. Drinking excessively can damage your liver, cause stomach cancer, and harm your brain and nervous system.
Why does it affect our mental health?
Many people who drink very heavily every day do not eat properly. In particular, they do not get enough Vitamin B. At the same time, the body needs extra Vitamin B to repair the damage caused by alcohol. It particularly needs Vitamin B to repair damage to nerve cells in the body, including the brain. Very heavy drinking flushes vitamins out of the body. The very heavy drinker can also be left with no ability to lay down new memories. This is a type of dementia specifically associated with very heavy drinking. It is caused by a lack of Thiamine, which is a type of Vitamin B needed by the brain to make new memories. It can also cause (and will certainly make worse) any mental health problems, such as depression. Drinking large amounts of alcohol can also lead to personal and social problems.
How can you help yourself from Alcohol Addiction?
THRIVE (KTPH): http://www.selfhelpguides.ntw.nhs.uk/ah/
NAMS (IMH): www.nams.sg
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