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Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol is an especially dangerous substance to become addicted to. Unlike most other substances, alcohol is legal and more or less socially normal. Additionally, it’s legal for anyone 21 and over to have access to. These and other factors contribute to the fact that anyone can develop a dependence on alcohol more easily than any other substance. Even worse, alcohol dependency is notorious for having withdrawal symptoms ranging from mild to fatal.

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Red Flags to Look For

Most people who develop an addiction start out using alcohol normally at first. Then, over time, they develop a drinking habit that sparks a physical and/or psychological dependence on alcohol. Still, alcohol dependency can be hard to identify since alcohol abuse isn’t as stigmatized as illicit drug abuse. In fact, many alcoholics are able to hide their dependence by simply calling it “heavy drinking.” What most people fail to realize, however, is that the consequences of alcohol dependence are just as bad and sometimes worse than those of illicit drug addiction. If you fear that you may have a dependence on alcohol, examine the following behaviors and make note of how many apply to you:

  • Frequently craving alcohol
  • Sustaining injuries when drunk
  • Exhibiting risky behavior when drunk
  • Frequently driving under the influence
  • Lying about how much you drink alcohol
  • Lying about how often you drink alcohol
  • Consciously hiding alcohol or any evidence of it
  • Frequently planning an opportunity for your next drink
  • Feeling unable to function without alcohol in your system
  • Drinking alcohol daily and/or binge drinking on weekend
  • Losing consciousness (“blacking out”) after drinking alcohol
  • Spending an excessive amount of time thinking about alcohol
  • Experiencing alcohol poisoning or hospitalization due to your drinking
  • Abandoning or being unable to fulfill commitments due to drinking alcohol
  • Drinking alcohol at inappropriate times or places (i.e. in the morning, at work, etc.)

These are only some of many red flags. Alcohol dependency is different for everyone. Still, if you notice that alcohol seems to be interfering with all other aspects of your life, you may have a problem. If it turns out you are suffering from an addiction to alcohol, the best thing you can do is to enroll in a specialized recovery program. Otherwise, you may be subject to suffering through intense withdrawal symptoms without help from qualified professionals.

Alcohol Abuse Withdrawal Symptoms and Long-term Consequences

Alcoholism can bring about a slew of health issues—physical, emotional and psychological. Withdrawal symptoms are just the start of such issues, but they can be fatal without proper medical supervision. Typical symptoms of withdrawal, ranging from uncomfortable to life-threatening, can include:

  • Mild to severe mood swings
  • Insomnia or disrupted sleep patterns
  • Headaches
  • Sweating
  • Disorientation
  • Fever
  • Tremors
  • Hallucinations
  • Abdominal pain
  • Mild to severe anxiety
  • High body temperature
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Above-average heart rate
  • Heart palpitations
  • Seizures

Alcohol Abuse Treatment at All About Recovery

In the long-term, addiction to alcohol can bring about serious psychological issues like depression and anxiety, and also physical problems like cirrhosis of the liver and Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome (also called “wet brain”). The safest and most comfortable way for anyone struggling with alcoholism to defeat the addiction is to enroll in a recovery center. All About Recovery offers a variety of treatments for patients who are dependent on alcohol.


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