Alcohol is a problem for some people

Alcoholic drink Description

An alcoholic drink is a drink that contains ethanol, a type of alcohol produced by fermentation of grains, fruits, or other sources of sugar that acts as a drug The consumption of alcohol plays an important social role in many cultures

What Are the Effects of Alcohol on the Body?

the Effects of Alcohol on the Body

If you drink you won’t necessarily feel alcohol’s impact on your body right away, but it starts from the moment you take your first sip You’ve probably had some experience with alcohol’s effects, from the warm buzz that kicks in quickly to the not-so-pleasant wine headache, or the hangover that shows up the next morning Since those effects don’t last long, you might not worry much about them, especially if you don’t drink often

People who binge drink or drink heavily may notice more health effects sooner, but alcohol also poses some risks for people who drink in moderation.

Many people assume the occasional beer or glass of wine at mealtimes or special occasions doesn’t pose much cause for concern But drinking any amount of alcohol can potentially lead to unwanted health consequences

With the right treatment and support, you can begin to get your life back on track. Houghton House can help. It’s what we do.

Alcohol Symptoms – Warning Signs

You may have an alcohol use disorder if you:

  • Want alcohol so badly you can’t think of anything else
  • Have problems with work, school, or family because of your habit (or because you’re sick after having alcohol)
  • Have found yourself in situations while drinking or afterward that made you more likely to get hurt
  • off, like trouble sleeping, shakiness, restlessness, nausea, sweating, a racing heart, a seizure, or seeing, hearing, or feeling things that aren’t there
  • Keep drinking even though it has caused problems for you or your relationships
  • Keep having alcohol even though it made you depressed or anxious, hurt your health, or led to a memory blackout
  • Have to drink more than you used to for the effect you want
  • Found that you had withdrawal symptoms when the buzz wore Quit or cut back on other activities that were important to you in order to drink
  • Drink more, or longer, than you plan to
  • Have tried to cut back or stop more than once and couldn’t
  • Spend a lot of time drinking, being sick, or hungover

If you’ve had two or three of those symptoms in the past year, that’s a mild alcohol use disorder It’s a moderate disorder if you’ve had four to five If you’ve had six or more, that’s severe 

Alcohol Withdrawal

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If you’ve gone through alcohol withdrawal once, you’re more likely to go through it again the next time you stop drinking. But if you drink occasionally in moderation, it’s unlikely that you’ll have withdrawal symptoms when you stop. 

If you drink alcohol all the time for weeks, months, or years, you may have both mental and physical problems when you stop or seriously cut back on how much you drink. This is called alcohol withdrawal. Symptoms can range from mild to deadly.

Houghton House Treatment Centres professional staff and doctors are experienced at the process of Inpatient Detox, our inpatient and outpatient detox programs help prevent dangerous complications.
Patients with severe addictions should seek our inpatient detox because withdrawal can be fatal. Our Inpatient detox includes 24-hour support and monitoring.
Stopping “cold turkey” or without medical supervision can lead to grim issues, seizures, severe dehydration and often death.

Signs of Alcohol Withdrawal

Signs and symptoms of the various stages of alcohol withdrawal may include:

  1. headaches
  2. anxiety
  3. tremors
  4. insomnia
  5. fatigue
  6. mood changes
  7. gastrointestinal disturbances
  8. heart palpitations
  9. increased blood pressure or heart rate
  10. hyperthermia
  11. rapid abnormal breathing
  12. hallucinations
  13. seizures

Alcohol Abuse

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Alcohol abuse is a serious problem. It can cause you to be unable to function at work and in other areas of your life. It is a pattern of drinking too much alcohol too often.

It interferes with your daily life. You may be suffering from alcohol abuse if you drink too much alcohol at one time or too often throughout the week. It also is a problem if you can’t stop drinking and it harms your relationships.

You are considered to be abusing alcohol when:

What is alcohol abuse?

  1. Consuming these amounts of alcohol harms your health, relationships, work, and/or causes legal problems.
  2. You drink more than 14 drinks per week or more than 4 drinks per occasion (for men)
  3. You drink 7 drinks per week or more than 3 drinks per occasion (for women)
  4. You have more than 7 drinks per week or more than 3 drinks per occasion (for men and women older than 65).

Alcohol affects your health in many ways, too.  It’s a significant cause of deaths and injuries because of accidents:

  1. Alcohol also can cause you to feel sick or dizzy.
  2. Alcohol also can cause you cause you to have bad breath, and make your skin break out.
  3. It can damage your baby’s health if you drink alcohol during pregnancy.
  4. It can cause cirrhosis, a disease of the liver.
  5. It can cause a bleeding ulcer and irritate the lining of your stomach.
  6. Alcohol also can cause you to gain weight

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