Alcohol Dependency

By: Nicolette Lombardi

Alcoholism is an addiction that has never ending downfalls affecting millions of people around the world. According to PsychologyToday, alcohol is a nervous system depressant that alters one’s behaviors. Internal factors affect someone by genetics, personality and psychological conditions. External factors reflect one’s family environment, religion and social/cultural norms.

Dopamine plays a large role in one’s addictive behaviors, repeating the same behavior over and over again gives an adrenaline rush of excitement to the addict. A problem is noticed when someone drinks to avoid stressful situations leading to negative effects on one’s home, school or work life.

Symptoms of an alcoholic disorder refer to:

  •  Drinking longer than the time intended
  • Craving/ urges to drink
  • Prioritizing drinking by giving up important activities

If one experiences withdrawal symptoms such as sweating, increase in pulse, insomnia, anxiety, physical agitation and discord in relationships when not drinking then an alcoholic disorder has developed.

If you or someone you know is suffering from alcoholism, please contact our psychotherapy offices in New York or New Jersey to talk to one of our licensed professional psychologists, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, or psychotherapists at Arista Counseling & Psychotherapy. Contact our Paramus, NJ or Manhattan, NY offices respectively, at (201) 368-3700 or (212) 722-1920 to set up an appointment. For more information, please visit


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