What Is Alcohol Abuse

17 May 2016 Written by 

Understanding alcohol abuse can be perplexing, since alcohol is one of the world’s favorite beverages. At the same time, the stigma for alcohol addiction is great, so people don’t like to talk about it. Alcoholism in families is always a deep dark secret.

Beloved Drink Is Fatal Attraction For 1 in 7 Adults

Alcohol is the drink of choice for most celebrations. Alcohol is promoted everywhere TV, in movies and billboards as the beverage for fun and parties. It is also addictive and the most commonly used addictive substance in the US, cause of 80,000 deaths a year in the U.S.

How Can You Tell What's Abuse

It’s not always so easy. Social drinkers and daily drinkers do not always have a problem. When 5 pm rolls around, millions of people have a few drinks after work, or unwind with a beer or two at home. Some people, who don’t drink during the week, drink heavily on weekends. Some people start drinking in the morning, or at lunch time. Some people don’t think they are abusing alcohol by having 3 drinks a day during the week and 5 or six on the weekends. Others binge on the weekends and engage in risky behaviors. What is use. And what is abuse.

6 Symptoms of Abuse

  1. Temporary blackouts or memory loss 
  2. Recurrent arguments or fights with family members or friends as well as irritability, depression, or mood swings
  3. Continuing use of alcohol to relax, to cheer up, to sleep, to deal with problems, or to feel "normal"
  4. Headache, anxiety, insomnia, nausea, or other unpleasant symptoms when one stops drinking
  5. Flushed skin and broken capillaries on the face; a husky voice; trembling hands; bloody or black/tarry stools or vomiting blood; chronic diarrhea.
  6. Drinking alone, in the mornings, or in secret. National Council Alcohol Drug Dependence

10 Signs of Addiction

  1. Loss of Control: Drinking or drugging more than a person wants to, for longer than they intended, or despite telling themselves that they wouldn’t do it this time.
  2. Neglecting Other Activities: Spending less time on activities that used to be important (hanging out with family and friends, exercising, pursuing hobbies or other interests) because of the use of alcohol or drugs; drop in attendance and performance at work or school.
  3. Risk Taking: More likely to take serious risks in order to obtain one’s drug of choice.
  4. Relationship Issues: People struggling with addiction are known to act out against those closest to them, particularly if someone is attempting to address their substance problems; complaints from co-workers, supervisors, teachers or classmates.
  5. Secrecy: Going out of one’s way to hide the amount of drugs or alcohol consumed or one’s activities when drinking or drugging; unexplained injuries or accidents.
  6. Changing Appearance: Serious changes or deterioration in hygiene or physical appearance – lack of showering, slovenly appearance, unclean clothes.
  7. Family History: A family history of addiction can dramatically increase one's predisposition to substance abuse.
  8. Tolerance: Over time, a person's body adapts to a substance to the point that they need more and more of it in order to have the same reaction.
  9. Withdrawal: As the effect of the alcohol or drugs wear off the person may experience symptoms such as: anxiety or jumpiness; shakiness or trembling; sweating, nausea and vomiting, insomnia, depression, irritability, fatigue or loss of appetite and headaches.
  10. Continued Use Despite Negative Consequences: Even though it is causing problems (on the job, in relationships, for one’s health), a person continues drinking and drugging. National Council On Alcohol Drug Dependence



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