Symptoms of alcoholism

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  • Loss of control over the amount of consumed alcohol. This is one of the earliest and one the most important symptoms of alcoholism. An individual loses indifference to alcohol, becomes addicted. Once has felt  a slight intoxication, a patient's brain needs to reinforce this feeling constantly. Therefore many pleasant occasions, events can be  used easily as an excuse to drink alcohol. Troubles, problems, boredom also stimulate desire to drink. Severe  forms of alcohol intoxication become more frequent  when a person drinks so much that he is no longer able to control himself in a drunken state. Most traffic accidents happen at  this phase when cars are crashed due to drunk driving. A person may appear aggressive, violent. He is an initiator of numerous domestic and public conflicts, fights. There are lapses in his memory. Danger of being hurt or hurt other people while intoxicated, even at this early phase, pushing the most adequate people to stop alcohol intake. “Can not drink do not drink” -  the folk wisdom says. 
  • The emergence of psychic needs in alcohol, the emergence of desire, craving for alcohol. Patients find protection in alcohol from their problems, fears and worries.  Alcohol briefly improves mood, enhances self-confidence, reduces stress. Under alcohol an individual feels nice , warm and peaceful. But quite quickly the effects of alcohol start  changing. Phase of positive emotions is getting reduced and loses intensity. A person wants to add more to return the pleasant sensations which  the alcohol gave before. But instead he receives  increased irritability, intolerance for others, and discontent. The process of getting sober often makes an individual harassed, causes spiteful mood, makes him feel  guilty, depressed, pushing him back  to  alcohol.  Broken sleep and appetite are just the first symptoms of alcoholism and developing addiction. In a lack of alcohol  mental discomfort, nervousness appears, and as a result of that the  thoughts and desire to drink alcohol become obsessive . After some time  a person starts  feeling himself “normal” only under the influence of alcohol, and the state of deprivation from alcohol  becomes unbearable. 
  • Increased tolerance to alcohol, resistance to alcohol. When a person drinks more and more his organism  tries  to adapt to excessive amount of alcohol  and turns protective enzyme systems on. In fact, this is not a sign of health, but only an indicator of development of disease. Growing tolerance is exhausting. Disastrous effects of large doses of alcohol drain the body out  and result in development of alcohol-associated diseases and  abstinent  syndrome.
  • Occurrence of physical dependence. Consumption of growing amounts of alcohol leads to what one feels in the morning as hangover symptoms: nervousness, nausea, fatigue, a sense of inner trembling, palpitations. If a healthy person accidentally drinks more alcohol than his usual dose these symptoms are mild and pass towards the afternoon. For alcoholics they may remain for 2-3 days and are accompanied by a strong desire to consume alcohol to relieve this condition. The man begins to drink in the morning or during the day, or at night to enhance his sleep.  Systematic consumption of alcohol may last for several days. Episodes of drunkenness are becoming longer, and the intervals between them are getting shorter. In this phase, if an alcoholic would have a glass of wine or beer means that he will drink for a few days. Self-control becomes impossible. Need for alcohol becomes the same as thirst or hunger. People say: he wants – he drinks,  and he doesn’t  want - he drinks.
  • Hangover or crisis after weeks of alcohol consumption can be dangerous to life and health of the patient.

    Alcohol withdrawal symptoms

    Symptoms of alcohol withdrawal if left untreated could result in delirium tremens or complicate in development of epileptic seizures.  The symptoms of alcohol withdrawal come out, when the concentration of alcohol in a body drops.

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