Perhaps the best way to treat alcoholism is to prevent it in the first place. The most obvious way is abstinence -- if you stay away from alcohol, you cannot become an alcoholic.
According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence of the San Fernando Valley in California, there are, of course, other strategies.
Steps for preventing alcoholism include:
Information and Education
This strategy involves educating people about the "nature and extent" of alcohol abuse, and its effect on people and their families. It also provides information on alcoholism prevention policies and what types of behavior will not be tolerated.
This introduces people to activities that do not involve alcohol.
This strategy is designed to enhance the ability of the community to provide alcoholism prevention and treatment services for alcoholics. "Building healthy communities encourages healthy lifestyle choices."
Alcoholism can also be nipped in the bud early. Parents should be aware of signs that their children are drinking, and takes steps that could head off serious problems in the future.
According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of alcoholism to look for include:
- -- Loss of interest in activities and hobbies
- -- Bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and memory lapses
- -- Difficulties or changes in relationships with friends, often characterized by joining a new crowd
- -- Declining grades and problems in school
- -- Frequent mood changes and defensive behavior