Alcoholism
What are the signs and symptoms?

Individuals who suffer from alcohol abuse do not always exhibit the same symptoms. The type of symptoms experienced by an individual will depend on a number of factors, such as the individual's background and medical history. While alcohol abuse symptoms do vary, there are signs and symptoms that can indicate a problem.

Some of the signs of Alcoholism are:

 

  • Neglecting personal/family responsibilities.

  • Declining academic or professional performance.

  • Depression.

  • Conflicts with loved ones.

  • Preoccupation with drinking and cravings.

  • Inability to control drinking.

  • Failing in attempts to stop drinking.

  • Needing increasing amounts of alcohol to feel its effects.

  • Getting drunk when it could be hazardous, such as before driving.

  • Going through withdrawal when not drinking.

Alcoholism and Alcohol Addiction
What are the Short-Term Effects of  Alcoholism?

In the short-term, drinking too much can be very dangerous, sometimes deadly. Effects can include:

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Headaches

  • Slurred speech

  • Impaired judgment

  • Anxiety

  • Insomnia

  • Trouble concentrating

  • Memory loss

  • Problems breathing

  • Coma

  • Death

What are the Long-Term Consequences of Alcoholism?

Risk of significant personal harm is increased with chronic alcohol consumption. Alcohol abusers are at an increased risk of: 

  • Mouth, esophageal, throat, liver, and breast cancer

  • Raised risk of heart problems, such as cardiomyopathy

  • Brain damage

  • Weakened immune system

  • Liver disease

  • Pancreatitis

  • Ulcers

  • Thiamine deficiency

  • Violence or self-harm

  • Accidents, such as vehicle collisions

Many people are unaware of the overwhelming impact alcohol and alcohol abuse can have on their lives and society overall. According to a study done by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), "excessive alcohol use led to approximately 88,000 deaths and 2.5 million years of potential life lost (YPLL) each year in the United States from 2006-2010". Furthermore, "excessive drinking was responsible for 1 in 10 deaths among working-age adults aged 20-64 years."

However, don't be mistaken that alcoholism is solely an adult issue. Alcohol is considered to be the number onen drug used by teenagers; primarily due to its easy accessibility. If you believe your teen or college-bound child may have a problem or maybe at risk of a problem with alcohol, it is important to be proactive. Pay attention and talk to them about it! Below is a helpful and informative brochure from SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration":

If you or a loved one is believed to be suffering from alcoholism or other addictions, please reach out to Sobriety Now for a consultation:  267-704 -9669

Sources:

  1. National Institute on Drug Abuse - (Alcohol)

  2. CDC FactSheet - (Alcohol Use)

  3. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism - (Overview of Alcohol Consumption)

  4. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism - (Alcohol's Effects on the Body)