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Abuse And Addiction of Alcohol

In the UK Alcohol addiction is very common. There are severe problems that can be caused by alcoholism and since taking alcohol is accepted socially, many people tend to be in denial about their addiction.


Understanding Alcohol

Alcohol is a legal regulated element that reduces nervousness and shyness. It create various symptoms like lack of coordination and indistinct speech.


Many people drink alcohol, and they are not considered addicts, those who fall under the category of abusers are those whose life has been changed negatively since they started taking alcohol. Alcohol is taken as a drink and can be found in many forms such as beer, wine and spirits.


Beer Dependence And Abuse

Beer is an alcoholic beverage made using yeast-fermented malt flavoured with hops. Beer usually has the lowest alcohol volume of all the alcohol variants.


The ABV of beer ranges between 2 and 12 percent; the most common types of beer including Budweiser, Coors, Light, Miller, Lite, Corona, Busch all have an ABV between 4 and 6 percent. To exceed the legal driving limit, it usually takes most people 2 to 3 beers.

In British culture, beer is considered part and parcel of many activities. There is hardly a gathering or sporting event in which beer is not involved be it the drinking games in most college campuses or the happy hour for the working class.

The increase of craft beer has made the consumption of beer something more contemporary, with microbreweries and house brewers getting to the limit on the types of brand-new taste can be brought in. Some of the craft beers being brewed do have one major problem and that is that they have a higher alcohol content than the average draft with some going as high as 12 percent.

Those who consume craft beer in their social lives, are suspect to have alcohol disorder. A sign that you may have a problem is that you keep drinking even when everyone around you has stopped or you feel the need to drink in awkward or boring situations. Seek help today for your beer addiction.


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Dependency On Wine

Fermented grapes and other fruits are the primary source of wine. Usually it's sold as white or red wine with a range of taste profiles.


The most common white wines in the UK are Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio, while the most popular reds are Merlot, Shiraz and Pinot Noir. Wine is based on grapes types.

In comparison to beer, wine has more alcohol volume. A 5 oz measure of wine is equal to a 12 oz pour of beer. Wine is taken as a compliment during dinner or an accompaniment to gourmet cheese and crackers. It's not easy to tell if someone has a wine use problem since wine is usually seen as a classy drink.

As being 64% of wine drinkers in the UK, women are frequently the main audience in advertising campaigns to promote wine. This means that there are more women with wine use disorder in the UK. Although women are more susceptible to a use disorder, either gender may develop issues with wine. Should you find, you are drinking more wine than normal, or know someone who is, especially when facing some stressful situations or feeling weak, there could be an underlying problem that is the cause. Get support for a wine addiction.


Addiction And Abuse Of Alcohol

Alcoholic drinks grouped as hard or spirits like tequila, vodka, gin, rum, and whiskey are all in the alcohol category. Sports have a higher alcohol content than wine or beer and are often mixed with soft drinks, water or juice. The normal size of a spirit is 25ml. When it isn't combined with other drinks, alcohol is ingested as a shot or "neat." When alcohol is mixed with soda, the carbonation content causes it to quickly be absorbed into the bloodstream and results in one getting drunk faster. The shots however have less liquid in them, and this makes them easier to drink in large amounts without realizing it is leading to abuse and drunkenness.

People who have been drinking alcohol for a long time claim that different drinks cause different forms of intoxication. This however hasn't been proven scientifically with studies showing that the kind of drink consumed doesn't result in different effects. Depending on the social circumstances where the alcohol is consumed could make the drinker lose the perception of how drunk they are. Drinking a glass of wine at home with dinner could have the effect of comfort and contentment while drinking a few Tequila shots in a buzzing nightclub will have a different type of feeling.

Some alcohol dependents cannot get out of bed without first taking a shot of vodka while others cannot sleep without a glass of whiskey. Regardless of the type of alcohol one likes, all types of alcohol have the potential to produce addiction. Get help for an alcohol compulsion now.


Understanding Drinking In Excess

Binge drinking involves consuming large amounts of alcohol in a short time period i.e. five or more for men and four or more for women within two hours. A binge drinker is a person who can drink heavily for a day or two and then stop completely for some days without a problem. It may be that a person addicted to alcohol may want to stop drinking but they are unable to do it without serious help. In some circumstances, extended binge drinking may result in alcoholism.


Immediate Effects Of Alcohol

As a central nervous system (CNS) depressant, alcohol reduces psychological and physical processes. From the very first alcoholic drink consumption the drinker may have a sense of calm as feelings of stress start to disappear. Alcohol can make a person more confident when interacting with other people and less worried about their perception and this is why alcohol is normally referred to as social lubricant.

Since alcohol is legal and broadly welcomed in society, it may be difficult to notice the divergence between occasional use and abuse. If alcohol use causes negative consequences, then it is considered alcohol abuse. Adverse Results of alcohol abuse:

  • Illness or physical harm
  • Stressful relationships
  • Work-related issues
  • Money problems

It turns into addiction when the usage increases.


Alcohol Dependency

Being addicted to alcohol or alcoholism results in the uncontrollable need to take alcohol and the failure to quit drinking even when faced with danger to themselves or others. Evidences of an addiction to alcohol are generally drinking more than expected, wishing to quit drinking, however being incapable to have a resistance to alcohol, feeling withdrawal side effects once is stopping, allowing individual and professional obligations struggle in advantage of drinking and wasting an enormous time trying to get and drink alcohol. To find out if you may have a drinking problem, try taking our quiz.


High-Functioning Alcoholics

There are people classified as high-functioning alcoholics. High-Functioning Alcoholics are people who can keep the problem from interfering with their job and their personal life.


A New York Times article supposed that about half of all alcohol addicts are high-functioning alcoholics. Many high functioning alcoholics are lawyers, professors and doctors.


High-functioning alcoholics barely identify they have an issue once they deal with serious alcohol-related situations. The risk of high-functioning alcoholism is that it may carry on for an extended period without the individual admitting they have an issue.


Mixing Alcohol And Other Drugs

In today's world, it is normal to see alcohol being taken in combination with other drugs. When alcohol is mixed with drugs such as Benzodiazepines or certain pain killers, this can be quite dangerous since all these drugs are CNS suppressants. When alcohol is mix with other substances it can become poisonous.


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Get Help For Alcohol Dependency

You are not alone in the treatment process. It is a hard addiction to face alone and it is difficult or almost impossible to stop on your own. Help is available in the form of support groups that are designed for that purpose. Contact a treatment centre and get help from their dedicated staff. Contact a treatment center now on 0800 246 1509.