What If I Don’t Want to Stop Drinking?

What If I Don't Want to Stop Drinking?Many alcoholics won’t quit because they assume their drinking isn’t a problem. When they need to quit, they’ll want to, but this is rarely the case for many alcoholics. If you suffer from alcoholism, don’t wait until you feel like quitting to stop drinking, because that time may never come. Once addicted, alcoholics rarely, if ever, want to stop drinking on their own.

You may wonder what is so bad about your drinking that you need to stop. What harm is it doing you or anyone else? First, before these questions are answered, it is important to understand a little about addiction. Addiction is not a choice, but rather an illness. Your brain has rewired itself to need alcohol to function normally. If alcoholics avoid drinking, they will experience extremely painful and sometimes dangerous withdrawals. So it is almost impossible that you would naturally want to stop drinking.

The Effects of Alcohol Abuse

Alcoholism is a significantly damaging addiction. Alcohol abuse has a wide and varied array of negative side effects, including any of the following:

  • Inflammation of the pancreas
  • Nausea
  • Dementia
  • Severe mood swings
  • Aggression
  • Depression
  • Black outs
  • Respiratory failure
  • Cirrhosis of the liver
  • Organ failure
  • Death

In addition to these risks, alcoholics are also at much higher risks of cancer and cardiovascular disease than non-users. Alcohol abuse wreaks havoc on your body and mind. Often alcoholism causes people to lack responsibility, which may cause you to lose your job. This is difficult because once you are fired for alcoholism it can be extremely difficult to find a new position. Unemployment decreases funds which can result in you losing your home and other belongings. This can jeopardize those who live in the home if the alcoholic is the main provider.

How Alcoholism Affects Others

Alcoholism affects not only you, but everyone around you. When you are addicted to any substance, your focus becomes single minded. You stop valuing things that you once thought important, like friends and family, and instead place prioritize alcohol. Alcohol abuse can cause many addicts to become belligerent, and even violent towards those they love. This can lead to damaged and sometimes irreparable relationships.

Help for Alcoholics

If you need more information about alcoholism, call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline now. Our addiction counselors can answer any questions that you may have and can also encourage you to seek treatment. Don’t wait to face your addiction until you feel like it. Call us today and take control of your life.