The Shocking Symptoms Of Alcoholism

black man alone at bar

Man alone at a bar

Alcoholism is drinking alcoholic beverages at a level that interferes with physical health, mental health, and social, family, or job responsibilities. Alcoholism is also a serious disease can affect anyone, regardless of issues such as race or finances.

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• Alcohol and caffeine are the two most widely abused substances in the world.

• Alcoholism is divided into two broad categories – abuse and dependence.

• About 5% to 10% of male drinkers and 3% to 5% of female drinkers could be diagnosed as alcohol dependent – this means about 12 million people in the United States alone.

The Effects Of Alcohol

Alcohol acts as a depressant on the central nervous system. This can lead to a decrease in physical and mental activity and at the same time an increase in anxiety and tension.

The Symptoms of Alcohol

Because alcohol is a depressant, drinking it can lead to a decrease in:

  • Activity
  • Anxiety
  • Inhibitions
  • Tension

Even a few drinks can change behavior, slow motor skills, and decrease the ability to think clearly. Alcohol can impair concentration and judgment. Drinking a lot of alcohol can cause drunkenness (intoxication).

Symptoms of Alcoholism

  • Abdominal pain
  • Confusion
  • Drinking alone
  • Episodes of violence with drinking
  • Hostility when confronted about drinking
  • Lack of control over drinking — being unable to stop or reduce alcohol intake
  • Making excuses to drink
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Need for daily or regular alcohol use to function
  • Neglecting to eat
  • Not caring for physical appearance
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Secretive behavior to hide alcohol use
  • Shaking in the morning

Alcohol withdrawal develops because the brain adapts to the alcohol and cannot function well without the drug. Symptoms of withdrawal may include:

  • Anxiety
  • Confusion or seeing and hearing things that aren’t there (hallucinations)
  • Death (rarely)
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Loss of appetite, nausea, or vomiting
  • Psychosis
  • Raised temperature
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Restlessness or nervousness
  • Seizures
  • Tremors