Is an Alcoholic a Drug Addict?

Most people have the idea that alcohol is not a drug. Hey, let’s face it, it’s legal to drink, as long as you’re old enough by the local law wherever you are. So that’s OK then. It’s seen as socially Acceptable.

But of course alcohol is a drug, and alcoholism is just as much a form of drug addiction, as serious as being addicted to marijuana, cocaine, heroin, or any other “Non-legal” drug. The problem is that so many people regard alcohol as just another beverage.

One definition of drug addiction is an uncontrollable desire for a substance that the person feels they have to have in order to function, even live.

We can define alcoholism in the same way. When someone is an alcoholic, i.e. adicted to alcohol, they can’t live without it. They just cannot see their life without the presence of alcohol. It is a fixture in their life, and has to be there. Alcoholics often do not see it as a problem, and will usually not give it up without a real fight. The plain fact is that they are just as much a drug addict as the dopeheads and cokeheads.

An alcoholic can’t live without the “high” that it gives them. Just to re-inforce the point the Food and Drug Administration has in fact classified alcohol as a drug. So by any sensible person’s definition an alcoholic is a drug addict.

It’s not all doom and gloom, alcoholics can get help for their addiction, just as addicts to other substances can. I’m sure we have all heard of Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.). These are groups of people in pretty much every town, usually run by ex alcoholics, who meets at regular intervals, and work on “The twelve steps to recovery.” This is a hard road, and it is accepted that an alcoholic is always an alcoholic and always “recovering.”

So called “regular” drug addicts, when coming off their substance of choice, suffer from withdrawal symptoms. This is also true of alcoholics. The various effects of both alcoholism and drug addiction are far reaching, and can linger for years. So we can see the connection between the two.

When an alcoholic reaches a point when they want help for their condition it is most important for them to realise that they are in fact in the grip of a powerful drug addiction. This realisation is often the main key to recovery.

Just as heroin addiction is a serious disease, so is alcoholism. We may not think that alcohol addiction is a serious as heroin addiction, but in fact it is just as debilitating, and can affect you just as badly, often in ways you couldn’t imagine. Try Googling “Effects of Alcoholism” and see what you come up with, you may be surprised, and probably not a little frightened.

If you believe that you may be addicted to alcohol and you want to do something about it then get help quickly. The sooner the better. It is everyone’s right to have a good long, healthy life. It’s not too late. As always, the best time to start your recovery is right now.