Alcohol is one of the most widely used and widely abused substances in the entire world. In many cultures, binge drinking is celebrated and something that is considered socially normal. According to the Center for Disease Control, binge drinkers are 14 times more likely to drive while intoxicated and 92 percent of those who drink regularly have reported episodes of binge drinking. Drinking is so common that it can be difficult to detect alcoholism in someone you love. There are, however, signs and symptoms that can help your recognize when seemingly social drinking is bordering on abuse.
Signs and Symptoms of Alcoholism
Alcohol abuse is defined as the excessive use of alcohol, whereas alcoholism is a disease of physical and emotional alcohol dependency. If you suspect your loved one is suffering from either of these conditions there are signs to be on the lookout for. These include:
- Drinking alone
- Neglecting responsibilities because of drinking, such as work, school or family
- Engaging in risky behavior while intoxicated, like drinking and driving or risky sexual behavior
- Continuing to drink even after being made aware of the potential dangers to health and well-being
- Developing a tolerance to alcohol
- Withdrawal symptoms when drinking is stopped
Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms
Withdrawal symptoms are a hallmark of alcoholism. A person who experiences withdrawal when they stop using alcohol is having a physical reaction to the absence of the substance in their body. In those who are physically addicted, their bodies have learned to function on a biochemical level in the presence of alcohol and thus, experience these adverse reactions when the alcohol is removed. Some of the most common alcohol withdrawal symptoms are sweating, headaches, nausea, increased heart rate and higher blood pressure. For high-risk individuals or those with a more serious addiction ,withdrawal symptoms can include disorientation, confusion, delirium and even hallucinations. Detox treats the physical addiction of an individual and helps them manage their withdrawal symptoms.
Alcoholism Rehab Treatment
Anyone exhibiting signs of alcohol abuse should consider a treatment program for their addiction. Working through addiction on your own can be overwhelming; treatment programs provide patients with the support they need to make their recovery a success.
If you or someone you love is struggling with alcohol addiction, call our toll-free number and speak to a trained professional. They can answer any questions you might have about alcoholism and help you decide on your next step.