For most people they are able to have a drink in a social setting and be in complete control but for others they loose self control and become compulsive. The majority of Americans, nearly 70%, drink alcohol, some occasionally and others regularly. Alcohol is socially acceptable throughout the world. There are different types of drinking such as;
- Moderate drinking is considered to be two drinks a day for men, one drink a day for woman, and one drink a day for both men and woman over the age of 65 years. For most moderate drinking is completely safe and they are always in control of their alcohol intake and actions.
- Binge Drinking is considered to be five or more drinks in one night for men and four or more drinks in one night for women. Even just one night of binge drinking can have serious consequences on ones health with the risk of alcohol poisoning, which can be fatal. Long term binge drinking can lead to heart disease, cancer, liver disease and pancreatitis. Alcohol affects ones judgement, many make foolish choices such as driving leading to accidents, injuries and legal troubles. As well as Alcohol causing problems with home, work, family and friends.
- Heavy drinking is considered to be more than two drinks per day for men or more than one drink per day for women. Just as with binge drinking, heavy drinking often leads to health problems such as liver disease, poor decision making and judgment, and troubles in ones personal life.
- Alcohol addiction is considered to be a dependence on alcohol. It is also known as Alcoholism which is classified as a treatable disease. It is the uncontrollable urge to drink alcohol regardless to the harmful consequences it has on themselves as well as those around them. Those addicted to alcohol started with a gradual tolerance on alcohol, requiring more alcohol to reach the desired effects. In time their bodies became dependent, experiencing uncontrollable urges to drink more alcohol, coupled with withdrawal symptoms when abruptly stopping its use.
Stop making excuses
Most find themselves in denial of their addiction to Alcohol, covering it up with excuses to why they need to drink… “I had a bad day at work, I need a drink.” “Its a holiday, I need a drink.” “I’m watching a ball game, I need a Drink.” Whatever the excuse is, it needs to stop. Covering up your addiction with excuses is not going to make it go away.
Signs of Alcohol Addiction
- Failure to fulfill responsibilities at work, school, or home.
- Drinking and poor decision making such as drinking while driving, risking their own life and the lives of others.
- Legal problems due to alcohol use, such as being arrested for drinking and driving or for assault; physically hurting someone while drunk.
- Ignoring personal relationship problems and continuing to drink.
- Ignoring health issues and continuing to drink regularly.
- Experiencing strong cravings for alcohol when sober
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when abruptly stopping the use of alcohol
Those addicted to Alcohol often put alcohol first and everything else in life last. If you or someone you love is experiencing any of these signs it is time to seek help.
There is help waiting…
The first step in recovery is admitting that you have a problem and seeking help. When you are ready to take the first step there are a number of Alcohol Addiction Treatment Facilities waiting and ready to help you start the recovery process.
When contacting a treatment facility you will go through an assessment process by the Doctors and staff. This will help determine the appropriate course of treatment for you. Some may have a minor addiction problem where an outpatient program with counseling can be beneficial. Others require a more intense approach including a medical detox to cleanse the body of any chemicals and toxins related to alcohol. There are a number of medications that will help you during the withdrawal period, they will lessen these symptoms as well as help control cravings. You will receive 24-7 supportive care with complete understanding of your addiction and reassurance that the discomfort you are feeling will soon pass. You will go through a counseling process to help you learn to live a life of sobriety. There is help that can make your dreams of sobriety a reality, you just need to take the first step and call.