What are the Symptoms & Signs of Alcoholism

Published On: May 29, 2018

In this article, we discuss the signs and symptoms of alcohol abuse. Alcohol abuse negatively impacts your health, your social relationships, and your professional performance.

Since alcohol is a toxin, alcohol is damaging to all organs it comes into contact with, but particularly the brain and the liver.

Alcohol abuse typically begins to appear during your teens or early twenties, although it is also possible to develop alcoholism much later on in life.

Some of the immediate and early signs of alcohol abuse are heavy drinking, poor health an increased tolerance for alcohol and the rise of social and professional problems.

Some of the more immediate signs of alcohol abuse include:

  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Difficulty standing up/walking
  • Disorientation
  • Glassy/blank stares
  • Loss of coordination
  • Rambling/repetitive statements
  • Slurred speech

Many of the above signs of alcohol abuse may be missed by your loved one because alcohol use is so common in our society. The line between somebody who merely drinks too much and a full-blown ‘alcoholic’ is often a fine one. Thus, much of the above damage may be inflicted before any sort of professional assistance is sought.

It’s also important to point out the short-term ill-health effects caused by the consumption of alcohol. We list these short-term effects below:

  • Nausea
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Headache
  • Blackouts
  • Hearing and visual impairment

If you abuse alcohol on a regular basis, you will run the risk of experiencing irreversible damage to your health. Some of the more long-term effects caused by alcohol abuse include:

  • Brain damage (Wernicke’s syndrome)
  • Anxiety disorder
  • Psoriasis
  • Cirrhosis of the liver
  • Compromised immune system
  • Chronic pancreatitis

It’s though around 2 million lives are lost each year across the entire World due to complications arising from alcohol abuse. It’s little wonder that alcoholism is considered an illness.

Do you or somebody you know suffer from the above symptoms?

If you or somebody you know is suffering from any of the above symptoms of alcoholism, then know that there are many treatment programmes that will assist in helping you or your loved one recover. Many treatment programmes take place in residential settings. This is advantageous because you or your loved one will receive the required medical attention throughout the treatment process.

If you are concerned about a loved ones drinking, it’s possible your loved one could still be in denial about his or her alcoholism. If this is the case, it’s certain that your loved one will substantially benefit from a staged intervention. Here, a professional interventionist will assist your loved one with coming to terms with his or her problem. A suitable treatment programme will then be arranged, perhaps at a residential rehab clinic.

During a residential rehab programme, you or your loved one will undergo an alcohol detox. A detox involves cleansing your system of alcohol under controlled conditions. If you have abused alcohol for many years, it’s important for you to receive special medication during your detox that will reduce withdrawal symptoms. Detoxing without medication under these circumstances is considered dangerous.

If you would like to learn more about alcohol rehab options in your local area, contact Rehab 4 Alcoholism today on 0800 111 4108 and our advisors will be glad to assist you further.



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