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Alcohol Addiction & Alcoholism

Alcoholism can be treated in many ways, depending on each individual’s circumstance and relationship with alcohol. Accepting the fact that you, a friend, or a loved one, may be looking for alcohol rehab can be difficult and challenging. The issues surrounding the effects of alcohol abuse and going about treating alcoholism are often quite complex, which is why Port of Call are here to help you understand alcohol’s effects and navigate towards the right help and treatment option at the right time. Our addiction specialists can help you access the most appropriate treatment solution for you, from an initial intervention, right through to securing you a detox or local rehab programme. For further confidential and impartial advice on how you can access the help you need, call us for free on 08000029010.

What is alcoholism?

Alcohol abuse becomes alcoholism when a person begins to experience a loss of control when drinking and withdrawal symptoms when they do not drink. At this point they will experience common alcoholism effects, such as having a physical and mental compulsion to drink alcohol.

If someone repeatedly drinks more than they intend to, or want to, and get into trouble when they drink, they may be an alcoholic.

Follow the link for more information on the common alcoholism signs and symptoms.

What are the effects of alcohol misuse?

Given that some of the common effects of alcohol misuse can range from experiencing health problems, to family issues and money troubles, it is of paramount importance to seek appropriate help quickly. If you feel that you, or someone close to you, would benefit from learning more about how to stop drinking alcohol, we’d encourage you to read on below. You may identify with some of the following signs and symptoms and alcohol effects.

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What are the signs and symptoms of alcohol abuse?

  • They drink to de-stress or feel better.
  • Their friends and family worry about their drinking.
  • They are dishonest or secretive about their drinking.
  • They continue to drink despite the problems alcohol causes in their relationships.
  • They neglect their responsibilities at home, work or school.
  • They have experienced legal problems as a result of drinking too much.

How do I know if I have a drinking problem?

Put very simply, if drinking is causing problems in someone’s life, they have a drinking problem. When the problems associated with someone’s drinking outweigh the benefits, their relationship with alcohol has become problematic.

When does it become alcohol abuse?

Problem drinking often turns into alcohol abuse when, despite the problems caused by alcohol, the person continues to drink.

At this point, drinking will be destructive and the following signs and symptoms may be evident.

Do I have a physical dependency on alcohol?

Tolerance is the first sign of a physical dependency. It simply means that a person has to drink more that they used to in order to achieve the desired effect.

Withdrawal occurs when an individual who is dependent upon alcohol doesn’t drink, or consume sufficient amounts of alcohol, and experiences some or all of the following effects of alcohol dependence:

  • Nausea.
  • Shaking.
  • Anxiety.
  • Depression.
  • Insomnia.
  • Restlessness.
  • Loss of appetite.

Do I have a mental dependency on alcohol?

Mental dependency is an alcohol effect that occurs when an individual is not drinking, but constantly thinks about drinking in an obsessive manner. alcohol counselling may help you to cope with this.

  • Regularly drinking to excess.
  • Vomiting and shaking.
  • Reliance on alcohol to relax, fall asleep, or to socialise.
  • Uncharacteristic behaviours whilst intoxicated.
  • Failing to keep promises and appointments.
  • Isolation or going missing for days.
  • Blaming others for their problems and drinking.
  • Hiding alcohol around the house.
  • Frequently swearing off alcohol.
  • Not accepting responsibility for their behaviours.
  • Regularly smelling of alcohol or trying to mask the smell.

WARNING: If you, or someone you know, is physically dependent on alcohol do not attempt to stop or detox without consulting a medical practitioner or Addiction specialist. Serious alcohol withdrawal symptoms can result in death.

Further reading and help

We’ve pulled together some further reading about alcoholism, if you or someone you know would benefit from speaking to someone contact us when you’re ready.

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