Alcohol abuse is different than alcoholism, and it doesn’t contain the typical alcoholism symptoms, such as uncontrollable cravings, physical dependence, and alcohol tolerance.
Alcohol abuse is a pattern of drinking that is associated with the following behaviors:
- Inability to sustain a job, school or domestic responsibilities.
- Driving and operating under the influence of alcohol.
- Repetitive alcohol related legal issues, such as arrest for DUI, violence and domestic abuse.
- Persistent drinking despite personal problems, developed by the effects of alcohol.
Even though alcohol abuse may not be an immediate threat for physical dependence, however if alcohol consumption spirals out of control, it can eventually evolve into “alcoholism”.
While a person who abuses alcohol, still has a chance for non-medical recovery, and with some dedication, he might be able change his erratic behavior; there are many health risks associated with excessive alcohol use:
1. Chronic diseases such as liver cirrhosis, pancreatitis, various cancers of liver, moth, throat, larynx, esophagus; high blood pressure, mental disorders.
2. Involuntary personal and auto injuries, falls, drowning, burns.
3. If pregnant women drinks, it causes harm to a fetus. SIDS
4. Violence, domestic abuse, homicide.
5. Alcohol dependence and tolerance.
Alcohol acts as a depressant on the central nervous system. In small quantities, alcohol consumption may cause relaxation, self confidence, chattiness. Increasing amount of alcohol will amplify these effects, and will rapidly introduce loss of balance, coordination, impaired common sense and judgment abilities.
Alcohol is considered toxic in high concentrations, and its abuse can lead to sudden death.
What is alcohol poisoning?
Alcohol poisoning occurs when alcohol concentrations in the blood become so high, that involuntary bodily functions, such as breathing, gag reflexes, become impaired. Alcohol poisoning can cause: dehydration, low body temperature, irregular heart bits, apnea, untimely death.
What is binge drinking?
Binge drinking is the practice of consuming large quantities of alcohol in a single session, with primary intention of being intoxicated. Binge drinking is more common among adolescents and young adults. Most binge drinkers are not aware of the risks of alcohol abuse. Continues binge drinking has negative effects on neurologic, cardiac, gastrointestinal, hematologic, immune, musculoskeletal organ systems as well as increasing the risk of alcohol induced psychiatric disorders. Binge drinking can often result in brain damage.
What are some signs of Alcohol Abuse?
Certain behaviors may suggest that a person is having alcohol problems:
- Alcohol consumption in the early hours of the day, being drunk for a long periods of time, drinking alone.
- Alternate drinking of different alcohol beverages, with intent to drink less or refrain from getting drunk.
- Feeling guilty and ashamed after drinking.
- Justifying and hiding your drinking, from your loved ones.
- Having drinking episodes with blackouts.
- Having anxiety about getting enough alcohol to consume in the near future.
Alcohol problems may be diagnosed by a visit to you physician’s office. The doctor will be able to determine if you have an alcohol abuse problem, by asking series of questions, performing physical exam and mental health evaluation.
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