Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol addiction, also known as alcoholism, is a disease that affects people of all walks of life. Experts have tried to pinpoint factors like genetics, sex, race, or socioeconomics that may predispose someone to alcohol addiction. But it has no single cause. Psychological, genetic, and behavioural factors can all contribute to having the disease.

It’s important to note that alcoholism is a real disease. It can cause changes to the brain and neurochemistry, so a person with an alcohol addiction may not be able to control their actions.

Alcohol addiction can show itself in a variety of ways. The severity of the disease, how often someone drinks, and the alcohol they consume varies from person to person. Some people drink heavily all day, while others binge drink and then stay sober for a while.

Regardless of how the addiction looks, someone typically has an alcohol addiction if they heavily rely on drinking and can’t stay sober for an extended period of time.

What are the signs and symptoms of alcohol addiction or binge drinking?

There are numerous physical signs that vary depending on the progression of the illness. These include:


 
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: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: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.