Alcoholism is a serious illness, a disease that completely takes hold of the user leaving them dependent on the substance for sustenance. This is a progressive disease that disrupts the lives of the alcoholic and their loved ones.
What are the signs and symptoms of alcohol abuse/ binge drinking?
There are numerous physical signs that vary depending on the progression of the illness. These include:
- Incoherent and slurred speech
- Delayed reflexes
- Loss of balance
- Redness of the face
- Blacking out
- Loss of consciousness
It is difficult to see the true dangers of alcohol as it is legal and readily available. It is very possible for a person to reach critical levels of intoxication leading to a depressed respiratory system or alcohol poisoning. Alcoholism is life threatening and the user becomes physically dependent on it, much like a heroin addict become dependent on the opiate.
What are the signs of alcohol dependence?
Alcohol abuse can quickly progress, becoming an addiction characterised by physical dependency (as stated above.)
The signs of alcohol dependence:
- Increase in time needed to recover from a hangover
- Increase in alcohol consumption due to an increased tolerance of the substance
- Slacking on personal and professional responsibilities
- Unsuccessful efforts to quit alcohol
- Medical complications due to alcohol
Once a person becomes dependent on alcohol they will experience severe withdrawal symptoms when trying to stop drinking.
Alcohol withdrawal symptoms:
Once a person becomes physically dependent on alcohol they will experience sever withdrawal symptoms. These can be life threatening and treatment should be greatly considered when trying to quit.
Withdrawal symptoms include:
- Convulsions and tremors
- Shaking of the hands (this is uncontrollable)
- Extreme anxiety
- Severe nausea and vomiting
Generally medical detox is needed to safely discontinue drinking. Alcoholism is a deadly disease and if left untreated the consequences could be insurmountable.
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