Finding Better Ways to stop drinking
By: David Peters
The same Vitamin A is used in the skin turnover process to help generate the new cells that replace the dead ones. The vitamin provides a temporary boost in the production of collagen and can lend the skin a more youthful appearance for a while. Over time, the lack of oxygen and nutrients would allow the formation of harmful free radicals that slowly damage the elastic fibers and collagen, which keep the skin strong and flexible. The result is usually the appearance of premature wrinkles. It is also thought likely that the repeated pursing of lips when inhaling smoke helps build wrinkles around the mouth, while the heat of the burning cigarette tip is also damaging the skin. Healthy skin is a sign of good health. The skin is the largest vital organ in our body, which is comprised of about two billion cells and has a surface area of around two square meters. Although only very few people can actually have the perfect skin and complexion, we can do something to bring out the best in our skin.
Getting help for alcohol addiction or abuse: Once the problem with alcohol addiction or abuse is acknowledged and accepted, the road to recovery may begin. There are plenty of local and national treatment centers and resources that may be tapped for help, either as a source of information or as a means for rehabilitation. There are several approaches to the treatment of alcoholism, depending on how it is viewed. However, most treatments tend to focus on encouraging people to stop alcohol intake. It is often supplemented by social networking and group supports, along with life training, to effectively help alcoholics from using alcohol again. Since alcohol, like drugs, often involves a combination of factors that lead to misuse and addiction, these factors are often considered first before a course of treatment is prescribed. It is often more effective in helping in alcohol treatment and in preventing future relapses.
The body responds to a perceived stressor by releasing hormones into the body. These hormones are adrenaline and cortisol. They give the body a boost of energy and mobilize the body's immune, nervous and cardiovascular systems for increased activity. The aim is to get the body to adapt to a situation, that could be physical, like an illness or wound, or could be mental like a bout of depression or anxiety. After the body perceives that the stressor has been dealt with, the hormones are reduced and the body goes back to it's normal state. This is known as homeostasis. This is the goal of the multitude of systems, specifically the nervous system, that are responsible for running the the body. When there is confusion in the body as to when to return to homeostasis, the secretion of adrenaline and cortisol continue. If this continues for any length of time, the metabolism of the body can change, the cardiovascular system can be overworked and prone to illness and the immune system can become confused and start acting abnormally or sluggishly. All this is bad news for the individual involved and can lead to health problems.
Alcohol can also lead to: Dementia - memory loss, rather like Alzheimer's dementia. Psychosis - long- term drinkers can start to hear voices. Dependence - if you stop drinking, you get withdrawal symptoms such as shaking, nervousness and (sometimes) seeing things that aren't there. Suicide - 40% of men who try to kill themselves have had a long- standing alcohol problem. - 70% of those who succeed in killing themselves have drunk alcohol before doing so. What is the connection between depression and alcohol? We know that there is a connection - self-harm and suicide are much more common in people with alcohol problems.
There are ways to recognize people who have alcohol problems. If you are concerned about your drinking habits or those of someone close to you, here are a few ways to determine if alcohol is indeed a problem: If you are a woman who has more than seven drinks a week or more than three drinks at a party, bar or celebration, you may be drinking too much. The same is true for a man who has more than 14 drinks a week or more than four drinks at a party, bar or celebration. For those over 65, more than seven drinks a week or three drinks per occasion could mean you are drinking too much. Think that you or a loved one or friend may be in the drinking heavily category? If you are a woman who is drinking more than three drinks every day or 21 drinks per week, the answer is, "yes." Men who consume more than five drinks a day or thirty-five a week also fit into the drinking heavily category.
It may be that many people do not have a good understanding of alcoholism. In this article you will find information about what alcoholism is and what can be done to treat it. Another definition of alcoholism is alcohol dependence. Alcoholism is a disease that is characterized by four symptoms. The first symptom is a craving or strong or need to drink. The second symptom is the loss of control. This is when a person can not stop drinking once drinking has begun. The third symptom of alcoholism is physical dependence. After a person has stopped drinking they experience nausea, anxiety, shakiness or sweating. The fourth symptom is tolerance or the need to drink more and more alcohol to get high. There are people who do not understand that alcoholism is a disease. These people think that a person could stop drinking if they really wanted to or had more self-control. When a person is an alcoholic their craving for alcohol can be as strong as the need for food or water.
While alcoholism can't be cured, the disease can be treated. There are many treatment programs available. Some may work well for certain people and other alcoholics may need a different type of program. There are medications that can help as well as counseling. Most people who are alcoholics need help with recovery. It is a very difficult process. Many alcoholics do best when they have support and treatment. As with any chronic disease there are different levels of success concerning treatment. There are alcoholics who can quit drinking on their own and never have another drink. Other alcoholics may go through treatment and remain sober for the rest of their lives. Some may go for a long time without a drink and then suffer a relapse. Still others have very little success at all. Alcoholism is a tricky disease and one that can cause serious problems for the person who drinks and also for families, friends, coworkers and even total strangers who may be injured at the hands of an alcoholic. There is help available and the longer a person is able to stop drinking the better chance he or she has of staying sober.