Alcoholism/Alcohol Addiction

Legal in the United States for anyone over age 21, alcohol is easily accessible; but for many, it can become very dangerous.

If you feel like you are suffering from issues with alcohol, alcohol addiction or alcoholism, it is highly dangerous to attempt to stop on your own without medical attention. Detox and withdrawal from alcohol can be extremely uncomfortable physically and psychologically, and in some cases can be fatal.

As a depressant, alcohol slows or lowers the functions of the central nervous system. Through chronic use of alcohol, the body eventually becomes conditioned to the presence of and need for alcohol. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms (AWS) can include delirium tremens (DT’s). To safely withdraw and detox from alcohol, it is best to be under the case of medical professionals.

Alcohol dependence, alcohol addiction, or alcoholism can impact anyone. Genetic, psychological, behavioral or environmental issues, as well as quantity of alcohol consumption, can all impact whether someone is susceptible to issues with alcohol.

Alcoholism does not simply mean how much someone drinks: it can look different for different people. Alcoholism can look like someone who drinks every day. It could look like someone who binge drinks. Or it could look like someone who suffers regular consequences as a result of their drinking, such as relationship issues, financial issues, family issues, employment issues, or problems with fulfilling expectations, keeping commitments or showing up for responsibilities.

Symptoms of alcoholism, alcohol addiction or alcohol dependence can include:

  • Increased quantity or frequency of alcohol consumption
  • A high tolerance for alcohol
  • Drinking at inappropriate times or constantly throughout the day
  • Avoiding life responsibilities, social functions or family and friends
  • Only being able to be social when alcohol is present and accessible
  • Increased depression, lethargy or other emotional issues
  • Decrease in enjoyment of activities that used to be enjoyable
  • Hiding alcohol, hiding while drinking alcohol, or hiding from friends and family when or how much you are drinking
  • Legal, professional or financial problems due to alcohol

Medical complications of alcoholism, alcohol addiction, or alcohol dependence can include:

  • Ulcers and gastrointestinal problems
  • Diabetes
  • Liver disease
  • Pancreatitis
  • Brain damage
  • Immune system dysfunction
  • Malnourishment and vitamin deficiencies
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