Like most substances, alcohol can be habit-forming mentally and physically, even though it is enjoyed by many individuals on many occasions from time to time.
About 9% of males in the United Kingdom and 3% of females in UK are addicted to alcohol (usually referred to as 'alcoholism'), based on the analysis carried out by NHS. The result of this is a feeling in them that without alcohol, they can't live, or alcohol taking a very huge essential place in their life.
Prevalent indicators of alcohol abuse, the dangers it pose to the human body and psyche, and the best places to seek for assistance.
Dependence on alcohol come in various degrees, and one may not need to drink heavily before this occurs. Your alcohol consumption could adversely affect your well-being in the long run if you find yourself requiring a few pints every time at the end of your work day or consuming a wine bottle with your significant other a couple nights a week.
You could also be developing a dependence on alcohol. You may have a psychological dependence on alcohol if you find yourself unable to relax or have fun without also drinking. When you begin to perspire, tremble, and get sensations of vomiting, it is because the level of alcohol in your blood is low, leading to these physical side effects of withdrawal when a bodily addiction forms after the psychological addiction.
Alcohol dependence can be hereditary within the family and there are numerous factors, which can contribute to the dependency on alcohol developed by the individual. Addiction can be influenced through the neighbourhood you grew up from, or family lifestyle and it also runs in the blood.
Alcohol addiction may also come about due to excessive drinking that may be brought on by a stressful incident such as loss.
Most ailments that affect the human psyche including drug misuse, psychosis, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and depression are more prevalent on alcoholics than others.
Many people take to alcohol in order to cure the felt discomfort (self medication) but because it causes chemical imbalance in human brain, it escalates the conditions in the long run.
Alcohol dependence can also be caused by what is usually referred to as an 'addictive personality' according to some people. But this could not be supported by any solid evidence.
Your body's tolerance to alcohol is much higher if you drink on a regular basis. The way our psyche reacts to drugs is known as tolerance: to get the same effect we had from alcohol consumption in the past, we have to consume a higher volume.
The enzymes that break down alcohol are produced in the liver when we drink. Heavy consumption of alcohol over a period of weeks or months can cause the level of these enzymes to rise, build your tolerance giving you the feeling that you need to consume more to get the desired effects.
Your brain mechanism might get used to drinking, and you can behave quite normal after taking so much quantity of alcohol but your brain will definitely expect more the next day because it has gotten used to it. People find themselves consuming alcohol just to minimize the withdrawal side effects such as feelings of persecution and shaking.
You can also develop a mental and emotional addiction to alcohol as well when you are consuming it on most days.
In order to examine and control this form of dependence, you should try and alter your drinking schedule. This will minimize your addiction and makes your body to quit tolerating alcohol.
You will become liable to hypertension, stroke, coronary alcohol-related heart problems and liver problems associated with alcohol, if you are addicted.
The liver usually becomes damaged by heavy drinking over an extended period. It has been estimated that nearly 7 out of 10 people with alcoholic liver disease [liver damaged by alcohol abuse] have a problem with alcohol dependency.
When you are addicted to alcohol, feelings of persecution, extreme sadness, and suicidal thoughts can manifest. This happens because the neurotransmitters that are responsible for our good mental well-being in our brains are interrupted due to frequent, high-risk alcohol consumption.
You social life with loved ones can be affected greatly due to alcohol addiction. This could reduce your output at work, and you could also lose your job and your income, if this persists. The issues mentioned can also contribute to depression and anxiety. You will be starting up an evil habit by trying to calm your temper with alcohol.
You should seek for medical assistance from experts whenever you sense that your drinking habit is affecting your psyche and you can't control it. You can make a beginning by visiting your GP or by contacting one of the organisations listed at the end of this page.
You may become more aggressive due to alcohol.
When you are dependent on alcohol, you can experience withdrawal symptoms if you decide suddenly to quit drinking.
Withdrawal symptoms that manifest themselves physically include:
These termination illnesses are usually tense on heavy drinkers. A person may engage in what is known as 'relief drinking' in an effort to ease the withdrawal symptoms.
Before you can completely pull through from the termination signs, it will require from three months up to a year. The brains sensitivity to alcohol still persists even after a full recovery. The withdrawal symptoms and the high tolerance could therefore come back again even after just a few days of drinking. For this reason, recovering alcoholics are usually advised not to drink at all.
9% and 3% of men and women respectively in the United Kingdom are said to be showing signs of alcohol dependence according to the NHS.
In England, medications released to treat alcohol addicts in 2014 were 194,706.
Around 6,592 lives were lost because of alcohol in England in 2013.
You can reach your GP or calls us on 0800 246 1509 if you are disturbed you might have developed these symptoms of alcohol abuse.
You can keep your drinking safe by drinking within the limits stated in the official guidelines.
You can minimize alcohol consumption in the following three ways:
Instead of turning to alcohol, try using adjunct ways to handle stress. If you had a tough day, you can engage in exercise like running, swimming or you can even attend yoga class, or start up a conversation with a friend regarding your challenge instead of going for a strong drink.
You should monitor the alcohol you consume. Use my MyDrinkaware to ascertain the level of alcohol you are consuming, as you can't get this information from your liver. You can minimize consumption with its assistance.
You should be giving alcohol-free days a go. Your body will become tolerant of alcohol with regular drinking. This is one of the primary reasons why a number of medical experts are recommending that you take regular days off from alcohol in order to ensure that you do not become an addict of this substance. Monitor the gains you will experience by giving an alcohol free day a try.
Alcohol abuse has often been interchanged with alcohol dependence while, in reality, and according to the medical fraternity, there are clear differences between the two. These terms involve serious abuse of alcohol and are likely to cause real damage to the health and well-being of the individual. The difference lies in the fact that while alcohol abusers could still be sober to some extent, alcohol dependent people loses sobriety.
Constant consumption of huge volumes of alcohol that physically affects the life of people negatively is called alcohol abuse 11. Drinking in dangerous situations, not attending to certain social and professional responsibilities, breaking the law and mixing alcohol with other substances are some of the common effects of abusing alcohol.
As mentioned above alcohol can take over the central role in the life on an individual when the dependence sets in and the individuals normally refrain from getting involved in important activities and relationships because of their dependence on alcohol. When you require more quantities of alcohol just to feel its efficacy, then you are in the early stages of forming an addiction. Thoughts of alcohol will occupy most of their time, and actions aimed at accessing, using, and recovering hangover will take much of people's time when dependence becomes more severe. A person will start to experience withdrawal symptoms when they don't drink as the dependence becomes more pronounced. And to avoid suffering from these side effects of withdrawal, they have to continue consuming alcohol.
If you are concerned that you are a loved one is abusing or misusing alcohol you should be calling us on the 0800 246 1509 now.