Alcoholism is considered a disease because it is genetically contributed. When genetics are involved one drink can be too many for an individual.
First, there appears to be a genetic component to alcoholism. Researchers have long realized that alcoholism tends to run in certain families , so they have suspected that the tendency to be alcoholic may be hereditary. They also have notic… Source:http://www.ehow.com/how_5666597_accept-alcoholism-disease.html
why is alcoholism considered a disease ? can anyone please tell me why alcoholism is considered a disease ?
Heh, you have a point! Smoking is in fact considered an addiction, but no one calls it a disease! The reason, I suspect, has more to do with politics than anything else — it became an article of faith among some groups that alcoholism was a disease, because as hard as it is to believe, there was a time it was looked upon purely as a moral failing! Now we understand that alcohol is physically addictive! And cigarettes, until maybe 20 years ago, smoking wasnt believed to be addictive either!I suppose an argument could be made either way regarding physical addiction — its like a disease in that it results in a harmful physical disorder of brain chemistry, but it isnt like a disease in that theres an element of choice — such as whether you smoke or drink too much in the first place, or whether you quit if you get addicted!Calling food addictive is, I think, stretching it! I mean, were all addicted to food! And go through withdrawal symptoms when we dont eat! Arguably, addiction interferes with the brain chemistry that is naturally involved in our addiction to food, sex, and other necessary activities! Though in my own experience, if you eat lots of sugar, or starch, or fat, or whatever, your body does start to crave it, so in that respect, it may be like an addiction for some people!
It is medically considered a disease, specifically a neurological disorder, and in The biological mechanisms that cause alcoholism are not well understood.
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