‘Alcoholism’, also commonly referred to as alcohol dependence and alcohol addiction, describes the repeated use of and dependence upon alcoholic substances. This is thought to be caused by a cognitive and physiological dependence that can eventually lead to extensive tissue damage and disease across the body.
The NHS estimates that there are about 29 million people struggling with alcoholism in Europe.
In excess, alcohol is known to cause a large range of physical, mental and social problems, due to its harmful and behaviour-altering properties, including liver disease, cognitive impairment, risk of accident and heightened crime. Personal relationships may be harmed and the person is at risk of work function being impaired.
Clearly, there are recognised charities such as Alcoholics Anonymous that have been having a positive effect on people struggling with this illness. Within The Eaves, CBT seeks to help clients recognise, avoid and cope with the situations in which they are most likely to abuse alcohol.