Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol abuse

is a pattern of drinking that result in harm to one’s health, interpersonal relationships or ability to work. Manifestations of alcohol abuse include:

  • Failure to fulfil major responsibilities at work, school, or home.
  • Drinking in dangerous situations, such as drinking while driving or operating machinery.
  • Legal problems related to alcohol, such as being arrested for drinking while driving or for physically hurting someone while drunk.
  • Continued drinking despite ongoing relationship problems that are caused or worsened by drinking.
  • Long-term alcohol abuse can turn into alcohol dependence

Dependency on alcohol,

also known as alcohol addiction and alcoholism, is a chronic disease. The signs and symptoms of alcohol dependence include:

  • A strong craving for alcohol.
  • Continued use despite repeated physical, psychological, or interpersonal problems.
  • The inability to limit drinking.
  • Physical illness when one stops drinking.
  • The need to drink increasing amounts to feel its effects.

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How common is it?

Alcohol Dependency is by far the most common addiction and is responsible for the deaths of many thousands of people every year. Government figures suggest that up to 9.7% of the UK population may be classified as dependent on alcohol.

How do I know if I have it?

People who are concerned should always seek professional assessment. Some symptoms are more easily detected:

  1. Loss of control once drinking has started;
  2. Withdrawal symptoms ranging from mild tremors to frightening hallucinations;
  3. Noticeable changes in the effects alcohol has on the individual over time

How do people develop it?

The condition is characterized by the fact that the sufferer, despite many attempts at control, finds that their drinking and the attendant consequences continues to get worse over the period, and the dependent person’s guilt, shame and remorse levels become increasingly more burdensome. Attempts to stop can result in withdrawal symptoms which are relieved by taking more alcohol. Attempts at control (‘just a couple of drinks won’t hurt’) almost always end in drunkenness, and things seem to get progressively worse. In extremes, suicide may seem the best option as depression and severe anxiety coupled with feelings of hopelessness and helplessness often accompany addiction to alcohol.

All addicts are afraid of taking the first step. Action is the bridge that helps us move from the dark to the light. Team LGMI can help you make that transition free.

Can I be inherited?

Although an actual gene has not been identified there is considerable evidence of genetic predisposition to the illness, through studies of twins and apocryphal evidence.