There are several myths that are associated with alcoholism. These myths lead to several dangerous consequences as it may lead to coarseness in relations or friendships by making them farther apart.
Below are some common myths about alcoholism along with the corresponding realities.
1. Alcohol is an addictive substance that makes a person addicted to it
Alcohol is a selectively addictive substance and not all types of alcohol are addictive and in all quantity. Although many frequent alcohol consumers remain normal and unaffected, there are some who are severely afflicted. The actual reason is still unknown to the researchers and is still under study.
2. People who are fighting with any sort of psychological and emotional problems become alcoholic
The reality is that the problems already exist in one’s life thatmay tend to aggravate due to the misconduct caused by people after overconsumption of alcohol. It is because of alcohol that these problems become even tougher to deal with. Many people adopt drinking as they believe it is a relief to their problems while it is not.
3. People may be at a lesser risk of alcoholism if they are able to drink excess and are capable of holding it without being much affected
People find a pride in proving their capacity or tolerance if they are able to hold their liquor without being affected. They fail to realize that this might be an early sign of alcoholism.
4. Alcoholism can be overcome with one’s will power as it is a psychological condition
Although alcoholism is a physiological condition in real but it may have a stronger physical component than the psychological one. This is because it is the alcohol abuse which turns into alcoholism. Thus medical supervision is necessary for heavy drinkers in order to avoid the harmful effects after alcohol withdrawal.
5. Support and help is greatly needed by an alcoholic due to the effectiveness of the treatment for alcoholism
It is believed that if the treatment for alcoholism is effective if the alcoholic himself/herself gets ready to enter the treatment. They believe that it is important for the friends,family members, and co-workersto intervene and convince the alcoholic for treatment as it takes rational thinking to get ready for treatment. Many alcoholics resist rehab treatment and only want to be helped by others after recovery.
6. Shaming or confronting an alcoholic is the only way to get him/ her to quit drinking
Several National as well as healthinstitutes have proven thatcompassion and empathy are far more effective in curing an alcoholic rather than confronting and shaming them. Family members and friends should help them in realizingthe ill effects of drinking that hurts not only them but also others around them. This may also persuade them to enter the treatment program.
7. Chances of relapse are higher for alcoholics which may lead to low success rates of the treatment
Since alcoholism is a life-long condition, it requires great determination for an alcoholic to stay away from alcohol for a longer duration. One should not give up hopes in case of relapse which is common and not at all a sign of failure.