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Alcoholism Symptoms and Warning Signs

For most people, alcoholic drinks are pleasurable when enjoyed in moderation. The occasional misuse of alcohol, including even a periodic foray into an intoxicated stupor, does not lead to any long-term ill effects. However, some people have a predisposition to alcoholism. Others sink into it as a result of a personal trauma, such as the breakup of a relationship, the loss of a loved one or a financial reversal. When alcohol use becomes a destructive habit rather than a pleasant pastime for you or a loved one,  please call us at 1-888-803-9961 or fill out our contact form to find out about our alcohol rehabilitation programs that will help you break the grip of alcoholism and return to a healthy, wholesome life.

When Does Habitual Drinking Become Alcoholism?

Many people consume alcohol on a regular basis, and in fact there are medical studies that recommend daily consumption of a drink or two to ward off heart disease and other chronic, degenerative illnesses. It is only when consumption of alcohol begins to affect a person’s life that it can be considered alcohol abuse or alcoholism. Alcohol abuse occurs when a drinker regularly consumes far too much alcohol, to the point that it affects his or her physical or mental health. When alcohol abuse is accompanied by dependence upon alcohol, it is defined as alcoholism.

Early Warning Signs of Alcoholism

Am I an Alcoholic?

AlcoholicAn alcoholic is someone who has become addicted to alcohol. Although an alcoholic may experience difficulty in relationships, problems at work, or health issues related to alcohol use, the drinking continues. Alcohol abuse is more likely to …

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Alcoholism often begins with alcohol abuse. Some of the signs of alcohol abuse include poor academic or work performance that may start with a few minor failures or setbacks caused by excessive drinking or the after-effects of drinking and then become a permanent pattern, dangerous behavior such as driving under the influence of alcohol, and relying on alcohol to relieve stress or escape from daily problems. Alcohol abuse can be deadly even if it does not lead to alcoholism, as over-consumption of alcohol can cause disabling or fatal liver, brain and heart damage. If you feel that you or your loved one is consuming excessive amounts of alcohol, or is turning to alcohol to escape reality or recover from stressful situations, and it is causing problems at home, at school, or at work, please call 1-888-803-9961 or fill out our contact form so that we can guide you toward a rehabilitation program that can stop alcohol abuse before it progresses to full-blown alcoholism.

Alcoholism and Dependence

When an alcohol abuser gets to the point that he or she can tolerate excessive quantities of alcohol without ill effects,  it is a sign that abuse has progressed to dependence and that the abuser is an early-stage alcoholic. As alcoholism becomes more severe and entrenched, the alcoholic will find himself unable to get through the day without consuming alcohol, as he or she experiences withdrawal symptoms after having been deprived of alcohol while sleeping. Physical withdrawal symptoms include nervous anxiety, shakiness, excessive perspiration, nausea and vomiting, sleeplessness that causes irritability and tiredness during the day, headaches, and loss of appetite. The alcoholic will also experience and express feelings of deep depression when he or she is unable to obtain alcohol.

These feelings, and especially the sense of depression and inability to perform even the simplest tasks during the day often lead the alcoholic to want to stop drinking. However, once an alcoholic has reached any level of alcohol dependence, it is very difficult for him or her to quit without medical and psychological assistance. If you or a loved one is tired of having to depend on alcohol just to get through the day, but cannot quit without help, please call 1-888-803-9961 or fill out our contact form to find out how our rehabilitation programs can provide treatment for alcoholics who are ready to quit and return to a healthy life, but need guidance and assistance in order to overcome their dependence upon alcohol.

Denial

One of the most insidious and detrimental symptoms of alcoholism is denial. While some alcoholics do not reach this stage, and instead suffer because they want to quit but are physically incapable of doing so, other alcoholics deny that their drinking is harming them in any way. They also do not admit that they no longer have control over their drinking. These alcoholics exhibit some or all of the social, psychological and physical symptoms of alcoholism, but they insist that they are able to control their consumption of alcohol. Some alcoholics who are in denial may be at the stage that they are able to consume extremely large amounts of alcohol with no apparent ill effects. However, at the same time they are experiencing problems in the workplace, or with their families, as the alcohol destroys their personalities and turns them into lethargic, yet extremely volatile, individuals who are literally a danger to themselves and others.

When an alcoholic is able to deny his or her condition while drinking larger and larger amounts of alcohol, the effects can be disastrous. Liver disease can be a silent killer, developing slowly and causing no major symptoms until the liver is so compromised that it can no longer process the amounts of alcohol that the alcoholic ingests in order to keep himself or herself at any level of function during the day. When an alcoholic has been consuming far more alcohol than a normal person can consume, without showing any ill effects other than perhaps fatigue or nervousness, a medical emergency is bound to arise. The body simply cannot deal with more than a certain amount of alcohol, and it is usually the liver, which clears poisons from the body, that will fail first.

If you are faced with a loved one or colleague whom you know is consuming large amounts of alcohol, but who also denies that he or she has any problems of any kind as a result of drinking that much alcohol, or if someone you care about is being treated for any physical illness caused by long-term excessive drinking, please do not listen when he or she claims that things are under control. You can contact us at 1-888-803-9961 or fill out our contact form to find out more about how we can help even alcoholics who are in the throes of denial recover from alcoholism and regain physical and inner health and stability.