Alcohol abuseÂ is one of the most common substance abuse problems because of the easy access to wine, beer and hard liquor. While most addictive substances are either illegal or only available through a physician\’s prescription, alcoholic beverages are easy for adults to purchase. Unfortunately, despite the age restrictions for buying and drinking beverages that contain alcohol, most teenagers find ways to easily access alcohol.
Drinking alcoholic beverages is part of many social activities, and refusing to drink a glass of beer or wine can make someone feel like an outsider. In order to belong to a social group, even individuals who shouldnâ€™t drink alcohol often do it anyway. In some cases, individuals may not understand if they’re engaging in alcohol abuse because getting drunk on a routine basis is part of their family\’s lifestyle.
Regular consumption of alcoholic beverages that disrupt a person\’s life can also lead to serious health complications, such as:
- Irregular heartbeat rhythms â€“ that can lead to death
- Liver disease â€“ cirrhosis that reduces the liver\’s vital functions
- Cancer â€“ esophageal, stomach and colon
- Nutritional deficiencies â€“ due to poor dietary habits or lack of nutrient absorption
- Mental difficulties â€“ loss of memory and cognitive difficulties
- Pancreatitis â€“ inflammation of the pancreas
- Epilepsy â€“ seizures due to brain damage
Women who drink while pregnant risk giving birth to an infant with fetal alcohol syndrome.
Researchers are still trying to understand why some individuals are more prone to alcoholism than others, and studies indicate there are both genetic and environmental factors that lead to this condition. It\’s often difficult for people to know if they have an alcohol addiction because drinking alcoholic beverages at meals, parties or in restaurants is considered the norm.
What are the Signs of Alcohol Abuse?
The signs of a drinking problem vary, but if people feel as though alcohol consumption is disrupting their home life or affecting workplace performance, then there\’s a good chance they have a problem with alcohol abuse.Â Symptoms of alcoholism include:
- Drinking alcohol during the day, especially in the morning
- Driving after or while drinking alcohol
- Getting drunk frequently
- Arguing with family members or friends about drinking alcohol
- Drinking too much on a frequent basis
- Legal difficulties due to drinking alcohol
- Missing time at work or school
- Inability to maintain performance at school or work
- Financial problems caused by drinking alcohol
- Health problems due to long-term drinking
To overcome alcohol abuse, an individual requires a short-term detoxification program before transitioning to a partial hospitalizationÂ drug rehabilitation program that provides a personalized treatment plan.
Donâ€™t let alcohol run your life. Take it back with effective rehab treatment.