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The mere thought you could be suffering from alcoholism is likely one you will attempt to hide. The act of hiding your alcoholism is known as denial. You are perhaps the most ill-able to diagnose your own alcoholism precisely because you are so emotionally affected by such a diagnosis. Undoubtedly, it is difficult, and if not impossible for you to rationally assess whether or not you suffer from alcoholism.
In this article, we offer you information that will help to objectify your situation vis-à-vis your alcoholism. We specifically identify many of the tell-tail signs and symptoms of alcoholism that may help you to make a rough diagnosis. Without being accused of stating the obvious, you must not substitute this information for actual and tailored medical advice from a GP or physician.
Many people reading this article will admit they suffer from problem drinking. Here, we try to differentiate between problem drinking and alcoholism. Perhaps the most pronounced difference between problem drinking and alcoholism is that the latter will mean you are physically dependant on alcohol. When you suffer from alcoholism, you must continue to drink alcohol in order to avoid painful and even deadly withdrawal symptoms.
In contrast, when you suffer from problem drinking, you cannot be said to be physically dependant on alcohol, although you will experience a psychological addiction to alcohol. This means you will not suffer from alcohol withdrawal symptoms when you are merely suffering from problem drinking.
For this sole reason, problem drinking is not considered a form of physical alcohol addiction. Notwithstanding this fact, problem drinking’s impact must not be understated. Problem drinking negatively affects millions of people each day. Problem drinking affects individuals’ health, family life, and psychological well-being in ways akin to full-blown alcoholism.
Individuals who experience problem drinking are relatively likely to go on and develop alcoholism, so it is important to seek treatment for problem drinking before alcoholism is given enough time to develop.
There also exists a clear relationship between problem drinking and full-blown alcoholism. For this reason, there exist many overlapping symptoms that apply equally to problem drinking and to alcoholism.
Below, we list signs indicating both alcoholism and problem drinking:
If you relate to one or two of the above symptoms of alcoholism and problem drinking, this may not indicate you suffer from either of these disorders. If you struggle with four or more of the above symptoms, then you could be experiencing problem drinking or alcoholism.
To determine whether or not you are suffering from alcoholism, we shall need to examine a number of additional signs and symptoms. These symptoms typically go over and over mere ‘problem drinking’.
We list the signs and symptoms of alcoholism below:
Both alcoholism and problem drinking inflict a heavy toll on your mental and physical health, as well as damaging your career, education and loving relationships. Both disorders are known to significantly shorten your lifespan. Put simply, you are more likely to suffer a premature death when you drink significant amounts of alcohol. You are also more likely to harm your loved ones who must witness your descent into full-blown alcoholism.
For instance, in Russia, around 20% of male deaths are related to alcoholism. In China, Eastern Europe and in Central America, around 5-10% of all deaths are linked to alcohol abuse and alcoholism. The main cause of death due to alcohol abuse is cirrhosis. Cirrhosis involves scarring of the liver. When the liver becomes scarred, blood backs up into the oesophagus. If the narrow veins lining the oesophagus burst, the person will bleed to death.
To learn about how to avoid this painful death, contact Rehab 4 Alcoholism today on 0800 111 4108. The vast majority of people suffering from alcoholism will benefit from spending time in an alcohol rehab clinic. Contact us today for more information.