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Symptoms of Alcoholism

Written on: March 11th, 2009 By:

Symptoms of Alcoholism

People who have problems with alcohol may be good at hiding their alcoholism for a long time.  Even for someone who is a high-functioning alcoholic and manages to maintain a job and household, eventually there comes a time when alcoholism can no longer be hidden from friends and family.  Alcohol becomes the top priority over family members, work, events and other relationships and responsibilities required in managing daily life. Symptoms of alcoholism can vary from mild to severe but as the disease progresses, they will get increasingly worse and only diminish with abstinence. Professional assistance at an alcohol rehab center is often necessary in order to arrest alcoholism.

Once symptoms of alcoholism have been identified, friends and family will have a better idea of what to look for to convince their loved one to get professional help. Denial is the major symptom of alcoholism and even if confronted, most people struggling with alcoholism will deny they have a problem. They may site the fact that they haven’t lost their job and have no run-ins with the law…yet. If they continue to drink, it is likely that these consequences will result. Conducting an intervention may be likely to convince someone he or she has a problem with alcohol. SouthCoast Recovery’s alcohol rehab facility in Dana Point, California, offers professional intervention services to help you and your loved ones address symptoms of alcoholism in a loved one.

How Alcoholism Affects People

Alcoholism is a disease which transcends age, race, gender, culture and socioeconomic class.  Alcoholism is thought to be genetic although the cause of alcoholism remains largely undefined. A group of social, psychological and biological factors are often the starting point for reasons as to why one has become addicted to alcohol.

Major Symptoms of Alcoholism

Alcoholics are masters of denial and can be manipulative in order to excuse their drinking habits. Alcohol becomes the top priority and most alcoholics will always ensure there is a steady supply on hand, whether it’s at home or at a planned event. People struggling with alcoholism will likely not want to attend events unless their is access to alcohol. They may minimize the amount of drinks they have, hide it or justify the amount they drink due to the stress of their job, day or relationships.¬† Typically as the disease progresses, an individual will lose their ability to control how much they drink and when. Morning drinks or lunch martinis may become necessary in order to steady nerves or hands. Hiding bottles around the house becomes necessary, especially if concerned loved ones attempt to control the amount being consumed. Enabling behavior may ensue, taking care of responsibilities that the person with alcoholism is falling behind on, such as paying bills or making sick calls to employers.

While initial symptoms of alcoholism include an increased intolerance to alcohol, over time this can shift to lowered tolerance. As the disease progresses, an alcoholic will require a certain amount of alcohol to function. He or she may try to stabilize from a previous night’s bender with an “eye-opener” only to end up drunk. This leads to increased irresponsibility, such as the inability to make it to work, finish assignments or pick up children from school activities because of inebriation or they may engage in these activities while under the influence.

Friends and family may also view symptoms of alcoholism as the alcoholic begins losing interest in the things they used to enjoy doing, are unable to meet work obligations and neglect personal appearance as well as the appearance of their home, car and overall surroundings. Finding hidden bottles of alcohol is always the most predominant sign of alcoholism.

Mental Symptoms of Alcoholism

Once the abuse has become severe enough, one who struggles with alcohol addiction will often find themselves suffering from mental symptoms such as memory impairment and drastic mood changes. A normally outgoing person may become drastically withdrawn and depressed while someone who is normally withdrawn may exhibit wild outbursts in behavior. Individuals who want to protect their right to drink may be disinterested, defensive or even become violent when approached about their alcohol use. Alcohol is a depressant and with continued heavy usage, alcohol and depression greatly increases the contemplation or attempt of suicide.

Physical Symptoms of Alcohol Addiction

Those suffering from alcoholism typically also suffer from physical symptoms of alcohol addiction.  Physical symptoms include sleeping disorders such as insomnia, nausea and vomiting, red eyes, inflammation in the face, increased levels of anxiety, abdominal pain, headaches, chest pains, nightmares and eating disorders resulting in rapid weight loss and numbness in the body. Physical withdrawal from alcohol addiction can result in headache, nausea, vomiting, tremors, anxiety, insomnia, inability to eat, nightmares, auditory or visual hallucination, convulsions and delerium tremens (DTs). Supervised medical detox is highly advised.

Treatment at SouthCoast Recovery for the Symptoms of Alcoholism

If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of alcoholism, get help now. Alcoholism never gets better by itself. It will get progressively worse until you or your loved one hits bottom. This can take many forms, including losing your job, home, loved ones and finally, your life.

At SouthCoast Recovery, we can help. We offer 30, 60, 90 day and 6 month residential alcohol rehab treatment in the scenic harbor town of Dana Point, California. Our alcohol rehab program is comprehensive, effective, affordable and best of all, it is tailored to you. We offer state-licensed safe and comfortable alcohol detox which is highly advised as alcohol is one of the most dangerous forms of detox. Our residential alcohol treatment program combines the best medical and clinical care with advanced holistic therapies of acupuncture, massage and meditation. Best of all, our alcohol rehab facilities are staffed by a caring team of professionals who have over 100 years combined experience in alcohol treatment and alcohol related problems. We can help. Call us today. Professional assistance is available 24/7.


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