Drinking alcohol in moderation for most people is safe and manageable, but for some, alcohol addiction can form.
Alcohol addiction is also known as alcoholism, is the intense need for alcohol. And over time people will begin to develop a dependency and the sufferer will need alcohol just to feel ‘normal’ and be able to handle daily tasks.
The Symptoms Of Alcohol Addiction?
Alcohol addiction can be difficult to initially pinpoint, especially in the United Kingdom where there is a strong drinking culture. Every person will also use alcohol differently; binge drinking for example, but there are a number of signs and symptoms to not only be aware of in yourself but family and friends.
- Inability to stay sober for short periods of time.
- Needing to consume large amounts of alcohol, developing a high tolerance.
- Consistently being either drunk or hungover.
- Drinking alcohol at inappropriate times, early in the day for example.
- Engaging in dangerous drinking.
- Changing social groups or isolating themselves completely.
- Lying about the amount of alcohol being consumed.
- Increased mental health issues; especially when sober.
- Issues with employment or finances.
How Alcohol Addiction Impacts Your Life.
Alcohol addiction can have a devasting effect on your health. With extreme case proving fatal. Alcohol can affect your entire body but alcohol particularly targets your liver and heart, causing a range of diseases and failures.
Additionally, alcohol has been linked to cancer, diabetes and stomach ulcers. Pregnant women should also avoid alcohol because it can cause serious complications and defects to the unborn child.
There are also a number of social and emotional issues linked to alcohol. Alcohol famously lows inhibitions which can lead to risk-taking behaviour; such as driving. This lowering of inhibitions can also lead to social issues with friends and family.
Treatment For Alcohol Addiction
There is a large range of treatments available for alcohol addiction. There are no quick fixes though, recovery from alcohol addiction will take time and a lot of dedication.
The best way to achieve and maintain sobriety is to attend residential rehab.
Residential Rehab For Alcohol Addiction
Attending residential rehabilitation is very beneficial; especially when attended on an in-patient basis. Staying as an in-patient means you will stay in their accommodation and attend therapy and treatment at their facility.
Removing yourself from your home environment can be very beneficial because you won’t be surrounded by your triggers and temptations. This can be very useful for most people, as you will be given all the skills and knowledge to handle those triggers and temptations before you return home, through a relapse prevention plan which you will normally create with a counsellor at your chosen rehab centre.
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