Wednesday, August 3, 2011

A Case For Avoiding The Term "Alcoholic"?

Those with drink problems have traditionally been referred to as alcoholics but this is not necessarily appropriate in every case. An alcoholic is really someone with a physical addiction to alcohol who will experience withdrawal symptoms if they stop drinking, such as sweating, shakiness or feeling physically sick. Their ability to confront themselves with the words "I am an alcoholic" may well determine how far they will slip before it's too late. But for those who are drinking heavily without these symptoms, the term 'alcoholic' can be a deterrent from actually seeking help because it's still stigmatised.


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