Alcohol Addiction

What Is Alcohol?

Alcohol is a recreational drug that contains ethanol. The consumption of alcohol plays an important social role in many cultures. It is known for its stimulating and mind altering effects. Alcohol is so widely available that it is difficult to perceive it as a drug because, unlike other drugs, it doesn’t carry the same kind of stigma or social abhorrence. The fact remains, more than 88,000 Americans and over 3 million people  globally die from alcohol-related causes every year.[1][2]

Signs of Alcohol Addiction

Not everyone who drinks is considered an “alcoholic.” Symptoms of alcohol dependence vary. It’s best to evaluate behavior if on more than one occasion there is a pattern of:

  • Binging
  • Drinking Alone
  • Self-Medicating
  • Experiencing Blackouts
  • Excessive Drinking at Social Outings

When life is negatively impacted by alcohol on a consistent basis, it might be best to pause and examine the signs. If you or your loved one are experiencing any of these symptoms, our certified professionals are here to help: 

  • Erratic Behavior
  • Frequent Hangovers
  • Neglect of Personal Responsibilities
  • Substantial Changes in Mood
  • Inability to Control Alcohol Consumption
  • Isolation 
  • Reoccurring Legal Troubles
  • Health Issues
  • Disorientation
  • Emotionally Sensitive
  • Anhedonia, or the Inability to Feel Pleasure

Another sign of alcohol abuse is experiencing withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal from alcohol can be fatal. It is imperative that a medical detoxification be conducted under the supervision of healthcare professionals. Here are a few of the more common signs of alcohol withdrawal:

  • Tremors
  • Shaking
  • Panic Attacks
  • Restless Legs
  • Irregular Heart Beat
  • Sweating Profusely
  • Seizures
  • Nausea & Vomiting
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Experiencing High Anxiety

Long-Term Side-Effects of Alcohol Abuse:

Long-term alcohol use may cause irreversible damage to the body and mind. While the effects vary, the following is a list of common repercussions:

  • Brain Damage “Wet Brain”
  • Psoriasis
  • Delirium Tremens
  • Mood Swings
  • Jaundice
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Blackouts
  • Memory Loss
  • Distorted Vision or Hearing
  • Neurological Impairment
  • Cirrhosis of the Liver
  • Chronic Pancreatitis
  • Compromised Immune System

Alcohol addiction is life-threatening. If you or a loved one are at risk, please fill out the form below for a free assessment. We recommend that at-risk individuals participate in our 30-90 day program to achieve long term sobriety.