By understanding these perceptions, the counselor may work towards correcting the perceptions that are wrong, so that an efficient strategy can be developed for purposes of fighting alcohol addiction. Chapter two of this book gives a discussion of the alcohol product in itself. It identifies alcohol as a food, chemical, and drug. Furthermore, this chapter gives a discussion on how the body is able to process alcohol.
Understanding the process which the body engages in while processing alcohol is important because it helps in addressing and correcting a myth that alcoholics have emotional and psychological problems, and that is the reason they are drinking. However, this chapter denotes that the problem of alcohol addiction emanates because the bodies of people, is unable to process alcohol in a normal manner. Based on this fact, alcohol addiction is physiological, and it is therefore addictive in a selective manner or method. Furthermore, Milam and Ketcham (1984) explain that 10% of the populations of the world are addictive. This is important information, because it helps in identifying the extent of alcohol addiction in the world. This is an indication that alcohol addiction is a global problem, which has to be solved. Chapter three gives a discussion on the factors responsible for shaping the behavior of an alcoholic. For instance, this chapter explains that the reason of non-alcoholics and alcoholics drinking alcohol is the same.
However, continuous consumption of alcohol by non-alcoholics will most definitely turn them to alcoholics. Milam and Ketcham (1984) argue that alcoholics normally use alcohol for purposes of solving their problems. However, the reality is that excessive consumption of alcohol leads to an increase in the psychological and emotional problems. It does not help in solving the problems of the alcoholics. This is important