Everything You Need To Know About Alcoholism

By Alley Benton
Updated April 18, 2017
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Everything You Need To Know About AlcoholismFor most people, drinking alcohol is a social experience. It's a way to unwind after a stressful time at work, and it's a way to celebrate a joyous occasion. However, while this is the common custom in nearly every culture in the world, every culture also has those people who have developed a habitual practice of overindulging in the drinking of alcoholic beverages on a regular basis. Many choose to drink as an escape from their anxieties, to cope with depression, or even just for the sake of drinking.

While in most situations, drinking alcohol is a common practice, it is the over indulgence that can lead people to a dangerous situation. Many people label these as alcoholics but there are many factors to be considered before someone can be considered as such. Even though you may not understand everything you need to know about alcoholism, there are a few basics that everyone should keep in mind.

Is It a Drinking Problem?

Not everyone who overindulges in alcohol can be considered an alcoholic but that doesn't mean they don't have a drinking problem. There is a difference between alcoholism and alcohol abuse. As you can probably guess, alcohol abuse is a predecessor of alcoholism. If, for example you drink regularly but are able to set and observe a maximum limit on your drinking then it may be considered as alcohol abuse. Nevertheless, with alcohol abuse your health and the safety of those around you can still be at risk.

Common signs of alcohol abuse include neglecting responsibilities, drinking and driving, and mixing alcohol with medications. Alcohol abusers may also find drinking as a way to unwind. The problem with alcohol abuse, however, is that it can lead to alcoholism. It may creep up on you without warning. It can start as a binge drinking practice and progress from there.

Is It Alcoholism?

While you may not have everything you need to know about alcoholism, it is easy to guess that alcoholics have all the symptoms of an alcohol abuser with a few more added. New symptoms can include developing a tolerance to alcohol. In other words you can drink a lot more alcohol than you could before. You need to drink more than others in order to feel that high you used to get.

Alcoholics also experience strong withdrawal symptoms when they do not drink. These may include anxiety, sweating, nausea, vomiting, insomnia, depression, fatigue, headaches, and shakiness among other things.

Alcoholics tend to have no control over their drinking. Once they start, it is impossible for them to stop themselves. They may recognize that they have a problem but are powerless to walk away.

There is a lot to learn about alcoholism but the more you learn the more prepared you are to fight against it. This knowledge can be especially helpful if you're trying to help someone with an alcohol problem. Even if you only have the basics to start with it can help a lot. There is no way you will learn everything you need to know about alcoholism but the more you do, the better equipped you will be to identify and handle alcoholism when it rears its ugly head in your company.

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