Drinking for any reason results in impairment and affect decision-making skills. Although it can be done responsibly, far too many people fall into the patterns of regular drinking and dependence that lead to addiction.

For a disease that affects people around the world, alcoholism is a loaded word with a lot of negative connotations. However, “alcoholic” is too broad of a term to cover the differing groups that are effected by substance abuse.

A better understanding can help prevent those on the outside from jumping to conclusions about the disease. By understanding what leads to alcoholism, you can be key in helping someone through their alcohol addiction recovery.