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Even though alcohol is legal, that doesn’t mean it’s not a drug. It carries a high risk of addiction, especially to those predisposed to an addictive personality. When someone routinely turns to alcohol to solve or escape their problems, it further expedites the process of addiction.
Alcohol addiction is a serious medical condition and should be treated with professional help. Often, those suffering are too engrossed in their addiction to realize it, so the motivation to find help falls on their loved ones.
If you’re worried that someone you know may be suffering from an addiction to alcohol, this is a good place to start. In this article, we’ll explore the signs of alcoholism, the dangers that alcoholism leads to, and possible intervention and treatment options.
It’s important to note that addiction is a life-long battle that can’t be “cured” with treatment. Sobriety can be maintained, but an addict will always have to fight against triggers and compulsions to drink long after detox and treatment. The dedication and willingness to change are what create hope for an independent future.
The medical term for alcoholism is alcohol use disorder, and it is diagnosed by mental health professionals according to certain identifying criteria. For a formal diagnosis, a medical professional must find that a patient has a minimum of two out of 11 criteria during one 12-month time period. The number of criteria met determines the severity of the diagnosis – mild, moderate, or severe.
The 11 criteria in the 5th Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders are:
Beyond these 11 clinical cues of alcohol use disorder, there are many other physical, psychological, and behavioral symptoms of alcoholism.
How often one drinks, the effects they experience, and how they feel after reducing consumption are very important in determining how serious the problem is.
The following are some physical symptoms of alcohol abuse that you should take note of if you suspect you or a loved one may suffer from the disorder.
Someone who may be abusing alcohol does not need to experience everything on this list for it to count as alcoholism.
While these may be psychological symptoms, if you think a loved one may be addicted to alcohol, you can observe most of these. If you notice that they show poor judgment, can’t move properly, or mention that they can’t remember things that they should, please urge them to seek help.
Behavioral signs are usually the more apparent ones, as they’re much more difficult to hide. An alcoholic may become more secretive in an effort to hide these behaviors, but the secrecy itself can be a tipoff. Watch out for:
Continued use of alcohol, at high amounts or high frequencies, often leads to life-long health conditions or serious disorders. These include cardiovascular disease, liver disease, nerve damage, ulcers, gastritis, stroke, mouth and throat cancer, and even permanent brain damage.
A couple of the main risks include:
These long-lasting health issues are a huge reason why someone who is suffering from alcohol use disorder must get help. Don’t discount it because it’s a legal substance. Alcohol abuse can do serious damage physically.
Alcoholism is a serious medical condition and should be treated with professional help. Often people can make it through the uncomfortable process of detox on their own but face relapse soon after being triggered from old routines or environments.
With the help of a treatment program like SOBA New Jersey, you can get through detox, restructure your routines, prepare for the future, and transition into a successful, independent life free from the restraints of alcoholism.
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