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Alcoholism Information

Alcoholism is a condition, wherein, the person drinking alcohol, though aware of its negative consequences, cannot resist the urge to drink. At times, it is referred to as 'continued consumption of alcoholic beverages, despite health problems and negative social consequences'. The quantity of intake, frequency and regularity of drinking that defines alcoholism varies from individual to individual. While, for some, alcohol addiction, or alcoholism, can happen within months of having the first glass, others might fall prey to the addiction after more than a couple of years. Unless treated, alcohol abuse can destroy a person both physically and emotionally and also prove to be fatal. Read on to explore the various causes and symptoms of alcoholism.

Causes Of Alcoholism
  • Family history of alcoholism
  • History of mental illness
  • Peer pressure
  • Stressful situations or a big life change
  • Social and cultural factors, like keeping up with the trend, luring advertisements, etc
  • Genetic factors
  • Emotional status, such as high levels of stress, anxiety or emotional pain
  • Psychological factors, such as low self esteem, depression, etc
  • Relationship and social changes
  • Using alcohol as an escape
  • Constantly using alcohol to mask physical/emotional pain
  • Lack of impulse control
  • Enjoying the "feeling" that alcohol gives you and wanting to drink more and more to achieve that "feeling"
  • Change in brain chemistry, over time, due to alcohol abuse
  • Abuse of alcohol over an extended period of time
  • PSTD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
Symptoms Of Alcoholism
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Making excuses to drink
  • Denial of drinking problem
  • Feeling annoyed when criticized about drinking
  • Keeping and hiding alcohol in unlikely places
  • Drinking alcohol first thing in the morning, to avoid hangover
  • Showing aggressive behavior while drinking
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol
  • Solitary drinking
  • Unexplained mood swings
  • Missing work
  • Losing interest in social activities
  • Paranoia, unnatural fears or contemplation of suicide
  • Neglect of physical appearance
  • Impaired memory, forgetting what happened during drinking episodes
  • Depression
  • Difficulty in thinking clearly
  • Confusion
  • Irritability
  • Eating disorders
  • Lack of appetite
  • Sleeping disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Redness and enlarged capillaries in the face (red eyes, puffy face)
  • Weakness and numbness in the arms or legs

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