Alcohol Addiction

What is Alcohol Addiction?

Are you or someone close to you suffering from an alcohol problem? Do you have an alcohol addiction? Help 4 Addiction is at hand. Here we tell you a little about alcoholism, what to look out for and how we can get you or a loved one the best possible treatment.

It’s not always easy to see when your drinking has crossed the line from moderate or social use to problem drinking. But if you consume alcohol to cope with difficulties or to avoid feeling bad, you’re in potentially dangerous territory. Alcoholism and alcohol abuse can sneak up on you, so it’s important to be aware of the warning signs and take steps to cut back if you recognise them. Understanding and recognising there is a problem is the first step to overcoming the problem.

Do You Have a Drinking Problem?

You may have a drinking problem if you…Feel guilty or ashamed about your drinking.
Lie to others or hide your drinking habits.
Have friends or family members who are worried about your drinking.
Need to drink in order to relax or feel better.
“Black out” or forget what you did while you were drinking.
Regularly drink more than you intended to.

Use this free guide to help you monitor your alcoholic drinks intake

What is Alcohol Addiction?

Alcohol addiction (Alcoholism) is where an individual develops a physical and/or mental dependence to alcohol. There are varying degrees of alcohol addiction but all are serious conditions that require professional treatment. Alcohol addiction is characterised by the following groups:

Alcohol Dependency – Physical

Physical alcohol dependency is where an individual, due to drinking frequent amounts of alcohol, has built a tolerance to the amount that they drink. This simply means that in order to avoid the effects of withdrawal, they have to consume a certain amount of alcohol in order to keep themselves balanced physically. If they drink less than the amount their body has developed a tolerance to, they will experience very unpleasant and sometimes dangerous symptoms of withdrawal. As a result of this addiction it is not uncommon for people to relapse.

Alcohol Dependency – Mental

A mental dependency to alcohol is where an individual feels the need for alcohol in order to face certain events or situations. This may or may not be accompanied by a physical dependency. An example of this is where someone feels the need to drink alcohol in order to socialise or someone who feels the need to drink alcohol in order to relax or sleep. They use alcohol as a crutch to overcome uncomfortable feelings.


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