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Warning Signs of an Alcoholic

Learn the signs of an alcoholic and find out what you can do to help an addict in need

Although it is a legal substance in the United States, alcohol is a potent and addicting substance. You must be at least twenty-one years of age to legally purchase it, but alcohol is plentiful and available for purchase almost everywhere. Consuming alcohol can lead to alcoholism. Alcoholism is an addiction. Addiction is a chronic, relapsing disease which is characterized by compulsive drug-seeking activity. If you believe someone in your life is showing the warning signs of an alcoholic, contact Houston Drug Treatment Centers at (713) 493-7860 to learn about treatment options that can help your loved one overcome alcohol addiction.

Signs of an Alcoholic

Alcoholic symptoms can develop quickly. Addiction does not discriminate, it does not care what color you are, or much money you make. When alcohol begins to take over the mind of the person abusing it, so that all they think about is sourcing and abusing drugs or alcohol, it has become a serious problem. Signs of alcoholism include (but are not limited to):

  • Legal issues ensuing from an incident where alcohol is involved.
  • Loss of control over how much alcohol one consumes, or for how long one drinks in one sitting.
  • Morning drinking, day drinking, or drinking alone.
  • Trying to quit drinking on your own but were unsuccessful.
  • Continuing to imbibe even though you have realized that doing so is causing issues at work or at home.
  • When you stop drinking, you experience withdrawal symptoms (irregular heartbeat, anxiety, or tremors).
  • You continue drinking although you know it is exacerbating an existing medical condition.
  • You have engaged in dangerous behavior while intoxicated, such as drive or have unprotected sex).
  • You experience blackouts but continue drinking.

If you are worried about a loved one, or yourself, do you notice these signs of alcoholism? If you do, please seek help immediately before things get worse. Although addiction is a lonely disease – there are people out there who want to help.

Causes

Many things may contribute to someone becoming addicted to alcohol. The chemistry of the substance allows alcohol to affect a variety of cells in the body. Most importantly, alcohol affects the cells in the central nervous system. When you use alcohol, over time, the brain becomes dependent on alcohol. Other things may influence this as well.

  • Genes play a large role in determining alcoholism – about half, to be exact. Whether alcoholism is inherited or not is possible but has not yet been proven.
  • Brain and chemical imbalances. After long-term use of alcohol, you may experience brain and chemical imbalances.
  • Emotional/Social. Since alcoholism is a relapsing disease. This being said, between eighty and ninety percent of recovering alcoholics will relapse. Emotional stress plays a large role in relapse. As do temptation, social pressures, anger, and/or frustration. It may be difficult to be in a social situation as a sober individual – people may not understand what you are going through, or what you have overcome. Sometimes these lonely feeling lead one to turn to the bottle.

It has been proven that life expectancy is reduced by ten to twelve years for an alcoholic. Are you suffering from alcoholic symptoms? If so, do not wait to seek treatment, the longer you wait the harder it will be.

Alcohol and Crime

Alcohol, a legal substance, does contribute to crime, suicide, and accidents.

  • More than half of all car accidents that result in fatality are perpetuated by intoxicated individuals.
  • Half of all murders can be tied to alcohol.
  • The leading cause of death in this country among young people is car accidents.
  • One quarter of those who commit suicide have been diagnosed with alcoholism.

The signs of an alcoholic may be hard to spot sometimes. But if you do notice them, it is time to get help. Alcoholism can lead to overdose which can lead to death. Remember that just because something is legal does not make it ok. If you spot the signs of an alcoholic in yourself or a loved one, please call Houston Drug Treatment Centers at (713) 493-7860 to learn about alcohol treatment centers that can help you overcome an addiction to alcohol.

Sources:

http://www.nytimes.com/health/guides/disease/alcoholism/print.html

 

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