Is Alcohol Addiction a Disease?

Whether an alcohol addiction can properly be considered a ‘disease’ or not has been subject to much debate. So much so that alcoholics may be left confused as to whether you have a #disease’ or not.

Let’s make no mistake…

Alcoholism kills. Alcoholism destroys families. Alcoholism destroys careers.

And that’s the bottom-line.

Any academic argument as to the merits of ‘alcoholism as a disease’ should not be viewed in isolation to the destruction this substance can have on sufferers’ lives.

Alcoholism is considered a disease by the World Health Organisation and American Medical Association.

Alcoholism is classed as an ‘addiction’ illness.


It All Depends on How Much You Drink

If your intake of alcohol increases significantly for a prolonged period of time, you will impair your central and peripheral nervous system, including your brain. This change in the brain’s chemistry, due to prolonged exposure to alcohol, leads to an inability to stop drinking.

Non-alcoholics often fail to understand just how powerless a friend or family member is under these circumstances. The addiction is often physical and psychological. Your condition will be something you have little control over.

The idea of alcoholism as ‘disease’ first grew legs back in the late 1940s by an academic named EM Jellick.

The ‘disease theory’ has been widely adopted by organisations such as Alcohol Anonymous, who first set up shop back in the mid-1930s.

For an interesting look at counter arguments to the ‘addition as disease’ theory, please click here.


Disease or Disorder: Does It Really Matter?

Academic arguments in support of the notion of ‘alcoholism as disease’ and counter arguments to the contrary do not really do the real-life suffering addict much good.

Whatever your belief, one cannot deny that alcohol addiction is a deadly problem to one’s life.



Alcohol Problems and Solutions

John Gillen is a leading addiction treatment expert with over 15 years’ experience in providing evidence-based treatment methods for individuals throughout the UK. John is also the co-author of the book, 'The Secret Disease of Addiction' which delves into how the addictive mind works and what treatment techniques work best.