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ALCOHOL ADDICTION SYMPTOMS

Alcohol Addiction

As our country struggles with the current and overwhelming numbers of people struggling with opioid addiction, alcohol addiction still continues to be the most addictive substance that people abuse. Certain individuals have a chemical makeup that causes them be more susceptible to alcohol addiction and, not everyone who uses alcohol ends up becoming addicted. It is very important for someone struggling with alcohol addiction themselves or with a family member to understand that alcohol abuse and alcohol addiction are two different things.

Alcohol addiction or addiction to any kind of drug like opiates can be defined as a physical and psychological dependency on that particular substance. People who have been affected by the addiction to alcohol often develop a tolerance, causing them to consume even more to continue getting the same effect. Many continue consuming the drugs and alcohol long after they start experiencing problems both physical and emotional that related to alcohol and drug abuse.

The Signs & Symptoms of Alcohol Addiction

The professionals in the field of substance abuse draw a clear distinction between alcoholism and the abuse of alcohol. Alcoholism is also referred to as alcohol dependence.

One advantage that alcohol abusers have over the alcoholics is the ability to put certain limits on their rate of drinking. But despite all that, the use of alcohol and other drugs are dangerous and self-destructive to the users and their families.

In most cases, people who suffer from alcohol abuse do not show the same signs of alcoholism. The kind of symptoms that a person experiences are based on a myriad of factors such as medical history and background of a person.

The following signs and symptom can indicate that there is a problem:


effects of alcoholDrinking at Inappropriate Times – Using alcohol and other addictive substances in situations where it is physically harmful. Ex: operating machinery while under the influence, drinking and driving, or using alcohol alongside prescription drugs against the instructions issued by a health practitioner.

Legal Issues – Experiencing frequent legal issues as a result of your drinking, for instance getting arrested for drunk and disorderly conduct or for driving under the influence.

Drinking as a means of de-stressing or relaxing – Many problems related to drug abuse begins when a person starts to use alcohol to relieve stress and for self-soothing purposes. For instance getting drunk after every stressful occasion or looking for a bottle each time you encounter an argument with your boss or spouse is a clear indication that you are hooked on it.

Signs & Symptoms of Alcohol Dependence

Alcohol dependence or alcoholism is the most serious form of problem drinking. Alcoholism includes all the symptoms of alcohol abuse, but it also includes another element, which is physical dependence on the drug.

An alcoholic is a person who depends on alcohol to carry out their duties or is physically compelled to drink. The first major warning sign of alcoholism is tolerance while the second major sign is withdrawal. Other signs include:

In most cases, the signs and symptoms of the use of alcohol as well as both short and long-term effects of drug abuse do not happen in isolation.

A great number of people knowingly mix their alcohol with other addictive substances like opiates, seizure medications, antidepressants, et al.

This is mostly done with a clear intention of compounding effects of the two drugs and attaining a higher level of intoxication.

One thing that these individuals fail to recognize is that apart from the higher intoxication, there can also be an addictive and synergized influence of the various side effects that both of these drugs bring. The health complications that arise as a result of combining two drugs like opium and alcohol can be very serious.

How Alcohol Affects Families

staying soberAlcoholism and Alcohol Abuse within a particular family is an issue that can completely destroy a marriage and cause irreparable damage to and separation of family members.

People who drink and use other drugs like opium often cause fights and conflict within the family, blow through the budget of the family making their drugs or alcohol the financial priority, and eventually impair the happiness and health of their loved ones.

Studies show that 60 to 70% of married couples who get involved in physical altercations are addicted to alcohol or opiates. In certain times, the members of a family may want to inadvertently keep the addiction alive or end up developing symptoms of codependency, even though it might continue to harm them.

Major effects that drug addiction can have on families:


Neglect of crucial family duties – Alcohol tends to impair the physical capability and cognition functions of an individual and this will result in an abscond of major duties related to home life, work or school.

Needing time to nurse hangovers – A hangover is one of the short-term side effects that alcohol causes. Even though hangovers are a temporary physical state, it interferes with the ability of an individual to meet certain commitments and exhibit healthy behaviors.

How To Treat Addiction

Alcohol treatment and rehab centers are created to assist people who are addicted to alcohol and drugs. In many cases, a person is required to stay at that particular center for a specific period of time while long- or short-term treatment options are administered to them. In the course of these treatments, the affected people will undergo detoxification, which is a process of taking alcohol out of the body and removing any physical dependency to the substance.

Some treatments are outpatient, allowing the person struggling with addiction to stay in their own home while attending therapy sessions and undergoing other forms of treatment to break free from their dependency.

When a person finishes a treatment program they have a better understanding of their problem and have the tools now to live a full live free from dependency.

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