Addiction and Abuse
Drinking too much alcohol can result not only in negative effects in the body of the person such as slurred speech or difficulty standing up or walking but it can also affect someone’s social life and even compromise their safety and the safety of the people around them.
On average, alcoholism often begins in a person’s early 20s and is accompanied by frequent heavy drinking. This behavior has, as a result, increased tolerance to alcohol and eventually presents social and health problems. Being able to recognize when some is abusing alcohol can help you determine if they require help.
Alcoholism is something that develops slowly and without warning. Consequently, many individuals are in denial or do not realize they are already alcoholics. In most cases addiction started from:
- Social Pressure.- For most alcoholics, addiction started through social pressure from friends, that continuously encourage them to drink even if they didn’t intend to. Eventually, by falling over and over into social pressure, drinking becomes a normal part of their lives.
- Mental illness.-For Others, alcohol is a way to deal with mental illness like anxiety, depression, or low self-esteem. Some even go as far as combing medication such as Klonopin or oxycodone with alcohol in an attempt to treat their mental illness. Even if this seems to work in the beginning, their mental issues can worsen, once they become dependent on alcohol.
- Genetics.-Meanwhile, research from the NIAAA suggests that alcoholism can be related to an individuals genetics. Because some individuals have a genetic predisposition that allows them to have more tolerance to alcohol than others. Making it more likely that this individual will develop alcoholic tendencies.
- Environmental Factors.-The environment an individual lives in can also contributes to alcoholism. For example, a child who grew up with alcoholic family members is more likely to become an alcoholic or exhibit alcoholic tendencies. Children with such a domestic life would perceive drinking as a normal way to cope with stress.
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Common signs of alcohol abuse include the following:
- Slurry/incoherent speech
- Lack of body coordination (ex. unable to walk in a straight line)
- Disorientation and confusion
- Agitation, anxiety or panic attacks
- Recklessness and inability to control emotion
- Spacing out (ex. staring blankly into space)
- The occurrence of alcohol withdrawal symptoms
- Drinking more because you already became tolerant to small amounts of alcohol
Meanwhile, some people may not experience the above signs after drinking too much alcohol. However, an individual can still be considered as an alcoholic if they do the following:
- Drink at least one alcoholic beverage per day
- Drink alcohol just because you feel the need to
- Drink an excessive amount of alcohol, especially during social events, gatherings, etc.
- Your drinking becomes the main concern of your loved ones
- Your drinking affects your job, quality of work, and your hobbies
As mentioned, drinking is a normal part of our culture, regardless of whatever alcoholic beverages you prefer. However, many people don’t realize the long-term effects of excessive alcohol use. Whether you are frequent, a social/occasional, or a first-time drinker, the effects of alcohol are undeniable.
Several studies have also revealed that the younger a person begins to consume alcohol, the higher the risk they possess of developing an alcohol dependency. Likewise, young adults, including teenagers are also prone to have issues with brain development. Moreover, alcoholism can take a toll on an alcoholic’s overall health. For one, specific internal organs such as the liver and brain can be greatly affected.
Long-term alcohol abuse can lead to:
- Liver cirrhosis
- Chronic pancreatitis
- Anxiety/panic attacks
- Uncontrollable bursts of emotion
- Skin problems
- Neurological and cognitive issues
- Immune system problems
Patients may undergo treatment via prescription drugs. Combining prescription medications with therapy can increase the success rate of up to 50 percent. More so, it can also help relieve symptoms of alcohol withdrawal and prevent relapse.
Among commonly prescribed drugs used during treatment include Acamprosate, naltrexone, and disulfiram. These medications mostly aid in reducing alcohol cravings.
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