What is Alcoholism?

Alcoholism Isn’t a “thing” but a syndrome or cluster of behaviors. Although it’s often called a disease, the overwhelming evidence suggests that it is not. Visit Is Alcoholism a Disease? to learn more about the controversy and decide for yourself.

Considering alcoholism a disease makes alcoholics feel like victims rather than people who have the power to overcome their unwanted drinking behaviors. In Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) and almost every rehab they are taught that they are powerless over alcohol, that they must submit their will to God or a Higher Power, that they will never be able to drink again, and that they will be alcoholic until the day they die.

Because alcoholism isn’t a disease but a pattern of behaviors, people can choose to change their drinking behaviors. Federal government research has demonstrated that most alcoholics can and do change their drinking behavior and become either moderate drinkers or abstainers.

Fortunately, people have options to help them:

HAMS is a free peer-led support and information group for anyone who wants to change their drinking or drug behaviors for the better. The acronym HAMS stands for Harm reduction, Abstinence, and Moderation Support. (347-678-5671)

The affordable Life Process Program is offered online and interactively for alcohol and drug help by Dr. Stanton Peele. This pioneering addictions expert is widely recognized as a leader in the field and has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, Psychology Today, Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, the Huffington Post, and many others. (855-527-8539)

Other popular choice include Moderation Management (moderation.org), Rational Recovery (1-800-303-2873), Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART Recovery) (216-292-0220) and Women for Sobriety (1-800-333-1606).

Drink Too Much Alcohol? includes practical suggestions for cutting down or moderating alcohol consumption.

Always remember that alcoholism is a verb, not a noun.

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