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Alcohol essentially is a colorless volatile flammable liquid which is the intoxicating constituent of wine, beer, spirits, and other drinks, and is also used as an industrial solvent and as fuel.
Alcoholism is a serious medical disease with signs and symptoms that vary depending on the amount and frequency of consumption. Progressing alcoholism will significantly disrupt the lives of users and their families. Alcohol in general is a depressant drug affecting the central nervous system:
- In small doses it can reduce anxiety and lessen inhibitions making you feel more sociable. It can also exaggerate the mood you’re in when you start drinking.
- It slows down your reaction times and reflexes and effects balance and motor control.
- The short-term effects of alcohol can last for a day or two, depending on how much you drank, including the hangover.
- Long-term effects include damage to body that can take years to develop and this leads to a wide range of serious health problems; these can include liver and kidney problems as well as cancers that you may not realise are due to alcohol.
Symptoms of Alcoholism?
It may be difficult to recognize alcohol addiction. Unlike drugs such as cocaine or heroin, alcohol is a widely available drug and is accepted in most cultures. It is often at the center of social situations and is closely linked to celebration, reward, and enjoyment. Drinking is a part of life for many people, young and old. Also, alcoholics are often good at hiding their drinking from loved ones or minimizing the seriousness of their habit. Because of this, it is hard to tell the difference between someone who likes to have a few drinks now and then and someone with a real problem.
The following could be signs of alcohol addiction.
- increased quantity or frequency of use
- higher tolerance when drinking or lack of “hangover” symptoms
- drinking at inappropriate times (first thing in the morning) or places (church or work)
- wanting to be where alcohol is present and avoiding situations where it is not
- changes in friendships (an alcoholic will choose friends who drink just as heavily)
- avoiding contact with loved ones
- hiding alcohol where no one will find it, or hiding while drinking
- dependence on alcohol to function or be “normal” in everyday life
- increased lethargy, depression, or other emotional issues
- legal or professional problems such as an arrest or loss of job
As this addiction tends to get worse over time, it’s important to look for early warning signs. If identified and treated early, the alcoholic may be able to avoid major consequences of the disease. Call a specialist or therapist straight away. Doctors will often recommend alcohol treatment in terms of rehab as a last resort, which often leaves things too late. Action and change is a choice. At Pathways Rehab we are here to help guide and direct you the best we can.
Common Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Abuse include:
Alcohol abuse is a pattern of drinking that results in harm to one’s health, interpersonal relationships, or ability to work including:
- Repeatedly Neglecting Responsibilities: Because of drinking, repeatedly neglecting responsibilities at home, work, or school. For example, neglecting the children, performing poorly at work, poor or failing grades in school, or skipping out on work, school, personal or social commitments because you’re hung over.
- Alcohol Use in Dangerous Situations: The use of alcohol in situations where it can be physically dangerous, such as drinking and driving, drinking in a bad neighborhood, mixing alcohol with prescription medication against the advice of your doctor or operating machinery while drinking.
- Legal Problems Due to Drinking: If, due to drinking, you are experiencing repeated legal problems. For example, getting arrested for fights, drunk and disorderly conduct, domestic disputes, driving under the influence.
- Continued Drinking Despite Relationship Problems: Alcohol is causing or making problems worse in your relationships with your friends, family or spouse, and you continue to drink. For example, fighting with your family because they don’t like how you act when you drink or going out and drinking with your buddies even though you know your wife will be very upset.
- Drinking to De-Stress: Many drinking problems start when people use alcohol to relieve stress. Because alcohol is a sedative drug, over time, you will need more alcohol to have the same effect. Getting drunk after a very stressful day more often, for example, or reaching for a bottle after you have an argument with boss, a friend or your spouse more frequently.
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