Alcohol abuse is associated with an increased risk for health problems such as liver disease, pancreatitis, high blood pressure and heart attack
Alcohol use disorder is linked to several mental illnesses, such as major depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder
Too much alcohol affects the vital centers of your brain. A heavy drinking binge can even cause coma or death.
Heavy drinking lowers your judgement skills and inhibitions, which can lead to dangerous situations such as car accidents, commiting crimes and problems with other substance use.
Over time, excessive alcohol use can change the parts of your brain that aid in judgment, expreriencing pleasure and controlling your behavior.
You’re still primarily drinking socially but with increasing frequency; you begin to build tolerance.
Occurs after your first alcohol-related black-out, you begin to experience an inability to resist alcohol, you may be lying about drinking, have increased tolerance and are obsessing about alcohol.
When you begin missing work or social obligations, become irritable, experience body changes such as weight gain/loss and you may make attempts to stop drinking.
When serious health problems develop, you experience job loss and drinking is the most important thing in your life.
According to American Addiction Centers, there are five types of alcoholics:
The most common type of alcoholic; drinks on a few occasions but engages in binge drinking on those occasions.
Characterized by antisocial personality disorder, this type of alcoholic usually begins drinking around age 15 and is now in their mid-20’s; Suffers from alcohol cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
Does not fit into the traditional stereotypes of an alcoholic; Has a job and family life, separates their drinking from the rest of their life.
Usually middle-aged; has family history of alcoholism; nearly half struggle with clinical depression and use alcohol to self-medicate.
Started drinking at a young age; The majority have a family history of alcoholism; Often smoke cigarettes and suffer from dependence on other substances; often experiences legal troubles.
This if the first step of alcohol addiction treatment. It should be completed with the help of a medical professional.
There are two types of rehabs that can help with recovery from alcohol addiction.
Inpatient – Intensive treatment programs that require you to check into a facility for a short-period of time.
Outpatient – A program in which individuals participate in recovery while living at home and continue with daily life.
After completing rehab, you will need to engage in certain methods to maintain your sobriety. This can include attending individual counseling or group therapy/support groups such as alcoholics anonymous.