Alcohol Abuse and Addiction
People across the world today consume alcohol and range from light, social drinkers to hardcore alcoholics. While alcohol can be addictive, many people today consume alcohol without any addiction while others prove to be more inclined to be affected by addiction. Alcohol abusers typically consist of people who frequently or heavily consume alcohol without being dependent on it. However, with continued abuse, dependence may arise. Alcohol addiction, however, is a chronic relapsing brain disease characterized by compulsive alcohol use, loss of control over alcohol intake and a negative emotional state when not using.
What is Alcohol?
Alcohol is a depressant, it is the main ingredient found in wine, beers and spirits that cause tipsiness or drunkenness. At low quantities alcohol’s effects can be those of a stimulant which include feelings of euphoria. It is commonly used in social environments where people enjoy its natural inhibition reducing and relaxing characteristics.
Short-Term Effects of Alcohol Abuse
Many time when people think of the consequences of alcohol abuse they think of the awful hangovers they might end up with the next day, however, there are more effects that are often overlooked. These may include:
- Breathing Difficulties
- Concentration Difficulties
- Impaired Judgement
- Memory Loss
- Slurred Speech
Long-Term Effects of Alcohol Abuse
Continued abuse of alcohol can affect all areas of a person’s life ranging from their relationships with their friends and family to their careers and overall health and well-being.
- Brain Damage
- Decreased Productivity
- Learning Problems
Whether you’ve been drinking alcohol heavily for just a few weeks or for an extended time period you may experience both mental and physical withdrawal symptoms when you try to cut back or quit drinking alcohol. The heavier you drink and the more frequently the greater the potential for your withdrawal to produce severe and even deadly effects. These may include:
- Delirium Tremens
- Loss of Appetite
- Mood Swings
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Rapid Heart Rate
If you or someone you know is struggling with Alcoholism we are here to help.