It is difficult to see the true dangers of alcohol as it is legal and readily available. It is very possible for a person to reach critical levels of intoxication leading to a depressed respiratory system or alcohol poisoning. Alcoholism is life threatening and the user becomes physically dependent on it, much like a heroin addict become dependent on the opiate.
As an addiction tends to get worse over time, it’s important to look for early warning signs. If identified and treated early, someone with an alcohol addiction may be able to avoid major consequences of the disease.
If you’re worried that someone you know has an alcohol addiction, it’s best to approach them in a supportive way. Avoid shaming them or making them feel guilty. This could push them away and make them more resistant to your help.
What health complications are associated with alcoholism?
Alcohol addiction can result in heart disease and liver disease. Both can be fatal. Alcoholism can also cause:
- diabetes complications
- sexual problems
- birth defects
- bone loss
- vision problems
- increased risk of cancer
- suppressed immune function
If someone with an alcohol addiction takes dangerous risks while drinking, they can also put others at risk.
Alcohol adiction withdrawal symptoms:
Once a person becomes physically dependent on alcohol they will experience sever withdrawal symptoms. These can be life threatening and treatment should be greatly considered when trying to quit.
Withdrawal symptoms include:
- Convulsions and tremors
- Shaking of the hands (this is uncontrollable)
- Extreme anxiety
- Severe nausea and vomiting
Generally medical detox is needed to safely discontinue drinking. Alcoholism is a deadly disease and if left untreated the consequences could be insurmountable. Visit us today at Hillview Manor Rehabilitation centre and we will guide you to overcome your addiction.