We can help you decide if an alcohol addiction treatment center could be the solution to your loved one’s drinking.Alcohol Addiction or dependency, can be defined as having a minimum of 5 of the following signs:
- A tolerance for alcohol (needing more alcohol to achieve the same effect)
- Exhibiting withdrawal symptoms
- Ingesting alcohol in larger quantities than what was intended
- Having a regular desire to decrease or the inability to decrease the amount of alcohol ingested, while spending a lot of time attempting to get alcohol
- Continuing using alcohol even though the individual knows there are reoccurring physical or psychological problems that are caused by the alcohol.
Consequences of alcohol abuse
Most individuals will have some experience with alcohol. Several will try and stop, or still drink socially without significant adverse effects. Some others will use alcohol frequently, with varying degrees of physical, emotional, and social issues. Some will develop a dependency and be destructive to themselves and others for several years. Some will die – and some will cause other fatalities.
As there is no particular way to predict which alcohol drinkers will develop serious problems, all alcohol use must be considered as potentially hazardous. The chronic alcohol ingestion caused by alcoholism can result in psychological and physiological disorders. Alcohol addiction is one of the world’s most costly substance use problems; with the exception of nicotine dependency, alcoholism is cost more to most countries than all other drug usage problems combined.
Many terminologies are applied to a drinker’s relationship with alcohol. Use, misuse, heavy use, abuse, addiction, and dependence are all common labels used to describe drinking habits, but the actual meaning of these words can vary greatly depending upon the context in which they are used. Even within the medical field, the definition can vary between areas of specialization. The introduction of politics and religion further muddles the issue and exacerbates ambiguity.
Use refers to simple use of a substance. An individual who drinks any alcoholic beverage is using alcohol.
Alcohol Addiction Treatment: Alcohol Dependence
Alcohol users may develop a physical or psychological dependence. This can cause important harm to the individual, in terms of physical and mental health, financial problems, employment difficulties etc. Additionally, alcohol dependence is likely to cause important distress to partners, children or other family members, who may be directly or indirectly exposed to the consequences arising from compulsive alcohol consumption.
Alcohol Addiction Treatment: Physical dependence
Physical dependence is frequently related to constant heavy drinking. Individuals who drink regularly become tolerant to many of the unpleasant effects of alcohol and are able to drink more before suffering these effects. Several heavy drinkers may not seem to be drunk. Because they still work and socialize reasonably well, harm to their physical health can go unrecognized until important damage develops – or until they are unable to drink for some reason and suddenly experience alcohol withdrawal symptoms such as jumpiness, sleeplessness, sweating, and poor appetite, tremors (the “shakes”), convulsions, hallucinations and sometimes death. Fatalities from suicide, accident and cirrhosis of the liver are very frequent among heavy drinkers. If you have a physical dependence, it’s incredibly likely that an alcohol addiction treatment would be highly beneficial.
Alcohol Addiction Treatment: Psychological dependence
Psychological dependence upon alcohol may happen with regular use of even quite small daily quantities, such as a glass or two of sherry. It can also occur in individuals who drink alcohol only under certain conditions, like before and during social occasions. This form of dependence originates from a craving for alcohol’s psychological effects, such as relief from anxiety, although the drinker may not consume quantities that produce serious intoxication. For psychologically dependent users, lack of alcohol tends to lead them to anxiety and panic attacks. If you’re at this point you may want to consider alcohol addiction treatment.
How alcohol is absorbed into the body?
It is absorbed straight into the bloodstream through the stomach and the small intestine. Food in the stomach decreases the rate at which alcohol is absorbed, but does not stop intoxication or drunkenness. All alcohol used will reach the bloodstream, no matter how much food is in the stomach. It is distributed throughout the water in the body, but not into fatty tissue.
How alcohol leaves the body?
The liver breaks down about 91 per cent of alcohol, and a slight quantity leaves the body in urine, sweat and the breath. The liver can only work at a fixed percentage, getting rid of about 75% of a standard drink an hour. Sobering up is long, and cold showers, exercise, black coffee, fresh air or vomiting will not fasten the process. An individual who drinks a lot at night may still have an elevated concentration of alcohol in their bloodstream the following day.
Possible health benefits of alcohol?
Research demonstrates that moderate quantities of alcohol can reduce the risk of developing some types of cardiovascular disease in people aged 40-45 years and over. Nonetheless, it is important to remember that the risk of cirrhosis, certain cancers and other diseases becomes greater with increased alcohol consumption. If your drinking has moved past consuming moderate amount of alcohol, Abstinence or Moderation Programs may be able to help; However, it is important to get an assessment to make sure more comprehensive alcohol addiction treatment is not necessary.
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