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    Re: Alcoholism: Disease or Behavior

    It's a chemical addiction. I don't really consider that "disease". Where I'm especially skeptical is when every non chemical habit that gets out of control (eating, gambling, shopping, gaming etc.) is, all of a sudden, an addiction and therefor a "disease". Seems like that's away to avoid responsibility.
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    Re: Alcoholism: Disease or Behavior

    The liberals will say its a disease, the conservatives will say it stems from behavior. We will see how this plays out..

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    Re: Alcoholism: Disease or Behavior

    Quote Originally Posted by Alfons View Post
    Alcoholism is a mentally disorder which lead to annihilation of brain and soul.
    Strange, until I read the sentence in blue.

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    Re: Alcoholism: Disease or Behavior

    I believe most addictions are diseases but could also be called disorders. From what I have read about each they are almost interchangeable, but usually disease is used to describe something physical while disorder is used to describe something psychological. Addictions can be both, depending on what it is that a person is addicted to. Alcoholism would probably be both since it has both physical and psychological symptoms, so either description should be accurate.

    This doesn't mean that people can't get help for their addiction. Giving up on getting help for an addiction because it is a disease would be like giving up on trying to learn to read because you have dyslexia.

    I don't believe that all of those people who don't get help for alcoholism are actually giving up on getting help because they believe it is a disease and something they can't help. I think many of those people don't really believe that they are alcoholics. They probably think that they really can control it on their own. The vast majority of alcoholics can't though. I do know a couple of men in my family who did do it without a support group but it came down for each of them to a critical turning point where it was, for one, alcohol or their grandkids, and the other had a heart attack before 45 because of the excessive drinking. They both did have the support of their family though.
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    Re: Alcoholism: Disease or Behavior

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    I got off the path from alcoholism recently, i saw where it was taking me and ive stopped drinking.

    But the progression towards this was over the course of 4 years, from innocently drinking with my friends in high school quite often, to when i moved out on my own drinking very, very often sometimes even in the mornings...

    Then when me and my girlfriend of 2 years broke up i went really, really far and it took me awhile to recover from that.

    Thing is my moms dad was an alcoholic, but no one else in my family is as far as I know, so partially i think genes are responsible to a certain extent.

    But its also conditioning, in England we started drinking from the time we were 14, then when I moved to Canada at 16 drinking again, was easy to do and very much part of the high school culture, so what started off as fun, ended with a decision never to touch it again....
    Very interesting, a must read for all....Similar to my drinking, I stopped before addiction was able to inbed itself.

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    Re: Alcoholism: Disease or Behavior

    Quote Originally Posted by chevydriver1123 View Post
    So those of us who follow baseball have seen Detroit Tiger's First Basemen Miguel Cabrera's latest drinking **** up. Whenever the subject is brought up in the media, they always refer to it as a disease. I don't buy into the disease theory, in my opinion it's a behavior because you can stop being an alcoholic without medication by just simply putting down the bottle. I believe the disease theory is just to rationalize and cover the social stigma that is associated with being addicted to the sauce.
    It's both. For many alcoholics, it's not as easy as "simply putting down the bottle." I'm sure that many of them would love to be able to do that. Addictive personalities are at least partially genetically inherited. Those who don't have those particular genes (or those who do, but were able to overcome it) often have trouble understanding what alcoholics or drug addicts or smokers are going through.
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    Re: Alcoholism: Disease or Behavior

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    Re: Alcoholism: Disease or Behavior

    I think some people are born with genes that make them prone to addiction, so I voted Disease, however I think both are involved.


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    Re: Alcoholism: Disease or Behavior

    I like cheese.

    Alcoholism is a disease of choice. Like lung cancer, aids, and heart disease, etc.

    Funny though how the "disease" is curable through abstinence. Hmm, ain't that strange.

    Alcohol is to disease, as food is to fat.

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    Re: Alcoholism: Disease or Behavior

    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Gein View Post
    I like cheese.

    Alcoholism is a disease of choice. Like lung cancer, aids, and heart disease, etc.

    Funny though how the "disease" is curable through abstinence. Hmm, ain't that strange.

    Alcohol is to disease, as food is to fat.
    Sure, but there are some people who binge drink all throughout college and into their 20s, and never become addicted. Others are hooked after drinking just a few times. So it's a disease in the sense that it affects some people more than others. Yes, it's a behavior, but it's a compulsion caused - at least in part - by one's genes.
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