Alcohol is an addictive substance just like many other drugs and can leave its effects behind both physical and psychological kinds despite many people believing that alcohol can be part of many occasions.
It has been estimated by the NHS that around 9% of men and 3% of women both residing within the UK display signs of alcohol dependence, which is also identified as alcoholism. This indicates that they can hardly do without alcohol, taking alcohol for them is needful or the most vital practice in their life.
General symptoms of alcohol dependence, mental and physical consequences and aids.
Alcohol dependence isn't always about consuming large amounts of alcohol and the degree of dependence varies as well. Your alcohol consumption could adversely affect your well-being in the long run if you find yourself requiring a few pints every time at the end of your work day or consuming a wine bottle with your significant other a couple nights a week.
By doing so, you are attracting alcohol addiction upon yourself. You may have a psychological dependence on alcohol if you find yourself unable to relax or have fun without also drinking. Psychological dependence may quickly be followed by physical dependence which will result in experiencing symptoms of withdrawal such as nausea and sweating if you go for long without alcohol.
Alcohol addiction is a disease that can affect generations, among the many other factors that lead to a person becoming addicted to it. The way your loved ones view alcohol and surroundings where you were raised can contribute to alcoholism, although part of it boils down to the genes.
Heavy drinking which can lead to alcohol dependence can also arise if you are facing stressful events like a bereavement or losing a job because it can act as a trigger for alcohol consumption.
The rate of psychiatric disorders among people who are dependent on alcohol is higher than people in the general population. The psychiatric disorders include depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, psychosis and drug use.
Many people take to alcohol in order to cure the felt discomfort (self medication) but because it causes chemical imbalance in human brain, it escalates the conditions in the long run.
Alcohol dependence can also be caused by what is usually referred to as an 'addictive personality' according to some people. Although, this assumption does not have a solid proof yet.
Your body's tolerance to alcohol is much higher if you drink on a regular basis. A tolerance is the physiological response from the body for any drug that is consumed: when you consume more the body reacts and demands for more to have the same effect.
Having a drink regularly will induce certain enzymes within your liver, which break up the alcohol. The enzymes will increase, and your craving for alcohol will increase as well if you indulge in alcohol abuse for weeks or months and you will always require such measure of alcohol to maintain balance on your addiction.
Brain systems also become tolerant to alcohol and despite having the ability to walk in a straight line after consuming a huge quantity it simply means that your brain has adapted well to the situation, but the brain cells begin expecting more alcohol the following day. People find themselves consuming alcohol just to minimize the withdrawal side effects such as feelings of persecution and shaking.
You can become psychologically dependent on alcohol if you are having a drink on most days.
In order to test and deal with this addiction, refraining from alcohol consumption for a few days as a test is a good idea. It can help minimize or reset the delayed or reduced effect your body has developed to alcohol and stop it from being used to the alcohol.
Elevated blood pressure, strokes, liver cirrhosis and cardio-vascular issues are much more likely to occur when a person is addicted to alcohol.
Heavy drinking that is prolonged can also damage your liver. Alcohol addiction is a disease that is present in 7 out of ten people who have liver problems that are caused by alcohol abuse.
When you're addicted to alcohol, it's much easier for you to develop anxiety problems, depression and suicidal tendencies. The reasons for these conditions are attributed to regular heavy drinking, which can interfere with the neurotransmitters within the brain that are essential for good mental health.
You social life with loved ones can be affected greatly due to alcohol addiction. Financial issues may also crop since being constantly drunk can affect your ability to perform certain functions and this can put your job at risk. Extreme sadness and a persecution complex can develop because of such problems. A vicious cycle may set in when alcohol is used to self medicate when experiencing a drop in moods.
You should be looking forward to getting professional help when you get the feeling that your mental health is suffering because of your dependency on alcohol and making you feel that you will not be able to stop. You can get in touch with a few of the organizations listed below or you can start by visiting your GP.
You can become violent because of alcohol.
Withdrawal symptoms could set in if you put an abrupt end to the consumption of alcohol when you have already developed dependence on alcohol.
Physical alcohol withdrawal symptoms include:
People who have severely developed a dependency on alcohol will usually experience the most potent withdrawal symptoms of the substance. Relief drinking' is a pattern that is usually exhibited by individuals who try to avoid the side effects of alcohol withdrawal.
The effects of giving up alcohol may be felt for months or even a whole year. The brain will however still be quite sensitive to alcohol even after this period. It can only take days for the system to develop withdrawal side effects and a reduced or delayed reaction to alcohol when you begin consuming it again. Because of this, the advice not to drink again no matter the quantity is given by medical experts.
The percentage of men and women who suffer alcohol dependence in the UK according to NHS is 9% and 3% respectively.
Within England in 2014, 194,706 prescriptions for drugs to deal with alcohol dependency were prescribed.
There were 6592 alcohol-related deaths within England in 2013.
If you are concerned about any of these symptoms of alcohol dependence, you should be having a discussion with your GP or look forward to getting further information from our friendly staff on the 0800 246 1509.
If you intend to stay within the low-risk guidelines which have been specified you should be drinking along the specified lines because they can help you keep your drinking under control.
If you wish to cut back:
Deal with stress some other ways than using alcohol. Talk to a listening ear, exercise or try yoga in case you're feeling stressed instead of going for a glass or bottle of alcoholic beverage.
Whatever alcoholic beverage you consume, keep track of it. My Drink aware can alert you that you are abusing alcohol; your liver won't be able to do that. It can also provide you the assistance needed to cut back on your drinking.
You should be giving alcohol-free days a go. Tolerance sets in when we drink regularly over an extended period. It's much less easy to become addicted when there are days during which we go without drinking according to alcohol treatment professionals. Conduct a small test and take a break for yourselves to understand the type of positive results which you can notice.
Misuse of alcohol and craving of alcohol are usually applied in same context but medically, there is clear difference between them. The negative use of alcohol in such a way that your health and well being is endangered is involved in the two terms. Once the addiction takes root, people with alcohol misuse issues lose control, but without the addiction, they can usually control themselves on some level.
Abuse of alcohol has effects that are more easily seen and it refers to a case where a person drinks heavily on a regular basis. Drinking in dangerous situations, not attending to certain social and professional responsibilities, breaking the law and mixing alcohol with other substances are some of the common effects of abusing alcohol.
Alcohol controls everything about a person's endeavour, just like the above instances and this happens during the level of addiction, and in such cases, victims might lose vital things (like relationship) in their life. When you start requiring more alcohol to feel the same effects, that is a warning sign of dependence. Individuals begin to focus their attention on consuming alcohol or involving in events that require drinking, so as to achieve calmness, this usually happens as the addiction grows. A person will start to experience withdrawal symptoms when they don't drink as the dependence becomes more pronounced. In order to overcome the ill feelings that comes with the termination process, they usually continue with taking more alcohol.
If you are concerned that you are a loved one is abusing or misusing alcohol you should be calling us on the 0800 246 1509 now.