Physical Dependence as a Sign of Alcoholism

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Physical Dependence as a Sign of AlcoholismThere are numerous signs of alcoholism, including inappropriate behavior and the inability to stop drinking. Many of these signs are caused by a psychological need for alcohol. However, many drinkers develop alcohol issues as a result of a growing physical dependence.

Signs of Physical Dependence

Physical dependence can fuel alcoholism more than a psychological need for the substance. If you have developed a physical dependence on alcohol, you may experience crippling, physical pain without it. The following are signs of physical dependence:

  • Tolerance – It can be difficult to realize that you are developing a tolerance to alcohol if you drink on a regular basis. However, signs of tolerance can include drinking more than you normally do and needing to drink more than usual to obtain the sensation of being buzzed or getting drunk. You may also be able to drink much more than others around you without getting drunk.
  • Withdrawal symptoms – Withdrawal symptoms from alcohol can include nausea, anxiety, tremors, irritability, depression, sweating and headaches. These symptoms can become both uncomfortable and unmanageable, especially if your body is accustomed to you drinking on a regular basis. These feelings are likely to prompt you to continue drinking to avoid the withdrawals even if you do not want to do so.

Developing a tolerance to alcohol and experiencing withdrawals are signs of physical dependence, and both can contribute to excessive drinking patterns.

How Treatment Can Help

Most alcoholics think that all they have to do is quit cold turkey and they will be fine. However, much more goes into a successful detox than just ending drinking. If you enter into a treatment program, you will be able to detox in an environment where medical assistance is available to help ease your withdrawal symptoms. You will also be in the presence of professionals who can help you begin to understand your patterns of use and how to apply healthy coping skills in the future. Going through treatment will provide you with an overall education and understanding about your addiction that will aid in your long-term sobriety.

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