Alcoholism can have unpredictable consequences. A Forsyth man’s actions involving drinking caused a woman’s life to tragically end. Samuel Emmanuel Snider pleaded guilty Aug. 17 to voluntary manslaughter of his girlfriend, Janet Sheppard Petty. The argument likely escalated after Snider began drinking. If this man hadn’t been consuming alcohol, his girlfriend might still be alive. Situations like these are why people get into dangerous scenarios.
Alcoholism doesn’t just affect the drinker, it affects his or her loved ones as well. If you are suffering from alcoholism, contact your local treatment center as soon as possible.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that over 50 percent of the population identifies as a regular drinker. It can be easy for an individual who is facing addiction to be in denial if everyone in their social circle sees drinking as an acceptable behavior. Family history of alcoholism can also be a factor for those facing alcohol abuse. This can be seen as hereditary, but it also can be a behavior pattern that is past down from generation to generation.
Alcohol Abuse vs. Addiction
Alcohol abuse can start out as social drinking and can sneak up on someone quickly. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), binge drinking is a problem, and this affects men more so than women. In a 2013 study, young adults reporting binge drinking in the past month were 30 percent of men and 16 percent of women.
While abuse can affect the body physically, this is not as devastating as the mind-body connection of full-blown addiction. Abuse can occur sporadically and can be something that occurs for a period of time. When alcohol abuse becomes a chronic, long-term behavior, an individual may be suffering from addiction.
Once someone becomes addicted to alcohol, there can be tell-tale symptoms that an individual can identify, such as cravings and physical dependence. Loss of control over one's actions or areas of one life are clear indicators that an individual may have an addiction.
Don’t let alcohol take over your life. Contact Winston-Salem AA Online (http://www.w-saa.org/dhtml_menu/index_php.php) to attend a meeting and speak with fellow addicts about your drinking problem.