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Why am i addicted to alcohol?

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Asked: 2018-04-07 04:23:54
I started out drinking just casually with friends. Somehow, I slipped into the cycle of alcohol addiction almost without noticing. I don’t want to be dependent on alcohol, yet I am. Why is this happening to me?


Answered: 2018-04-07 11:48:51

Unfortunately, many people find themselves in situations like yours. That’s because the human brain responds favorably to the chemical reactions it experiences when you drink alcohol. Over time, your body becomes more and more dependent on the “buzz” you get when you drink. Unfortunately, that buzz dies off, and when it goes away, you reach for the bottle again to get back to that feeling. Before long, you are addicted, even if in your heart you know it isn’t good for you. Addiction doesn’t discriminate, and it’s a painful reality that many people must face. I hope you get in touch with your doctor or local rehab center so they can help you. Good luck!


Answered: 2018-04-07 15:50:34

This is happening to you because your body and brain became addicted to the feelings caused by alcohol consumption. When you drink, the ethanol in alcohol reaches your brain and causes chemical reactions. Your brain enjoys these feelings and latches on. Over time, your body starts to crave alcohol more and more as you become addicted. You can get help, though. I’d recommend you speak to your local rehabilitation center right away as they could guide you on a better path. Remember that you’re not alone.


Answered: 2019-02-05 23:24:08

Alcohol is a highly addictive substance, due to the fact that it causes a release of dopamine into the brain. Dopamine is a chemical that causes you to feel good- relaxed, happy, peaceful- and so when you drink alcohol frequently, your brain will learn to associate it with this feeling. Additionally, if you drink alcohol consistently over a long period of time, your brain will become dependent on it for dopamine production, and it will stop naturally creating its own dopamine as a result. So now, your brain knows the alcohol will create a dopamine reaction, and it is also depleted of dopamine when you are not consuming alcohol. Its the perfect storm for addiction and one many people don't see coming until its too late. Fortunately, if you are able to detox from the alcohol and remain abstinent, your brain chemistry will eventually normalize and you will be able to create dopamine naturally again.

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