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Alcoholism and Workaholism

Workaholism (ergomania) has been describe as the addiction to work or rather the victim is compelled to work and tends to neglect a lot of things while doing so even him or herself. Like Workaholism, alcoholism (alcohol dependency) is the addiction to alcohol. In this case, the victim tends to consume a lot of alcohol and in the absence of the same one is unable to function. Therefore these conditions should not be associated with a passion towards that thing that they are addicted to.  But rather they denote a problem within ones social, professional and personal circles. For example, a workaholic will find solace in accomplishing some task at work in order to compensate for a failed relationship or one will become alcohol dependent because alcohol is the only thing that makes him or her be able to overcome nervousness within a social setting. What they don’t know is that once they are addicted, other things begin to suffer as well. For a workaholic it is a series of failed relationships because of the little time they spend with their families or friends and for alcohol it can range from declining health to failed relationships (Coombs 3-7). These conditions though similar and different in many ways, they have ravaged a lot of relationships and caused a lot of problem within our society. This paper will therefore look into the similarities and differences among the two conditions and the consequences of both conditions in general.

To begin with, the paper will discuss some evidences that either link or separate the two conditions. In the first place, many have described Workaholism as the respectable addiction due to the fact that one is addicted to work; we have never heard of one being fired for being a workaholic. On the other hand, alcohol dependence has been regarded as a sin. This is because of the inherent consequences of consuming alcohol. The difference here is the social perception of both conditions. This perception of Workaholism varies from place to place depending on the understanding of the condition (Coombs 353-380).

Secondly, both have different risk factors or what can be described as causes of the condition. Workaholism has been associated with obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD) a mental condition where one is obsessed with rules, perfection and organization. The condition is therefore very hard to be rid off because one is often rewarded for their diligence at work despite the fact that they are ergomaniacs. This reaction towards their condition makes them feel better about themselves despite all the other problems they have (Antoniou & Cooper 366-380, Burke & Copper 203-210).  Alcoholism on the other hand has been defined as a disease; a negative within the society because of the consequences of excessive alcohol consumption. Alcoholism has been described as a genetic disorder and can therefore be inherited within family members. This doesn’t mean that if a father is an alcoholic then the son or daughter is definitely one but it means that the chances of either one of them becoming one is high. Other risk factors include stress, social environment to mention a few (Coombs 353-380).

In conclusion, the biggest similarity that this two conditions share is the effect they both have on a victims social life especially their close relationships. In both conditions, the victims tend to neglect their loved ones because they are either working or drinking uncontrollably. These relationships in almost all cases end up failing because one spouse gets tired of trying to rescue the other. In the case of ergomaniacs, the affected ends up avoiding the other spouse because they simply can’t face them. The distance created ends up being unbearable for one consequently they end up quitting the relationship. The same goes for alcohol dependency only this time there will be a waste of a lot of resources due to the compulsive drinking of the affected. This is why the two conditions are in most cases considered simile.

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