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Despite it being legal, Alcohol should still be considered a drug and becoming addicted to this substance  is a very problematic and common side effect. Some of the most apparent signs of Alcohol addiction are excessive drinking, loss of control, increased tolerance, memory loss or “blacking out”, using to cope with emotions such as stress or sadness, physical dependence and/or cravings.
When a person loses control under the influence of Alcohol, this does not only mean unable to control ones actions but also is defined by the inability to control the amount of alcohol one consumes in a period of time. This can be a struggle with an alcoholic who may even be aware of a problem and vow to only have one or two drinks butby the end of a night for instance, will have consumed far more than the initial decided amount, losing control and unable to stop themselves. 1

Memory loss is something that can happen quiet frequently to an individual who is addicted to alcohol, whether they are combining alcohol with other drugs or simply or simply consuming well over their limit. You may have heard or said the phrase “I blacked out” or “I don’t remember what happened last night”. This is obviously an issue that should be addressed. Losing memory or blacking out can lead to unsafe activities such as unwanted sexual behavior, criminal acts and or driving under the influence.

1Types of Alcohol Problems:

Binge Drinking

A binge drinking may usually have restrained drinking habits, but when they drink, they don’t know how to hold back. Alternatively, someone may not necessarily set out to drink a lot, but may be unsure of their limits, which can result in drinking too much over a short period of time.

Alcohol Abuse

Can result in absence or impaired performance, neglect of responsibilities such as family, social or work obligations, legal issues resulting from criminal activities that would not otherwise have occurred if hadn’t been intoxicated. Individuals who abuse alcohol may continue to drink despite the knowledge that their drinking causes them recurrent and significant social, interpersonal, or legal problems.

Alcohol Dependence

Alcohol dependence is a chronic disease that is often progressive and fatal. An individual who is dependent upon alcohol typically uses it to avoid personal and social factors in his or her life. Although alcoholism tends to run in families, it is influenced by both genetic and environmental factors.

Alcohol Content:

Beer 2–6% alcohol
Cider 4–8% alcohol
Wine 8–20% alcohol
Tequila 40% alcohol
Rum 40% or more alcohol
Brandy 40% or more alcohol
Gin 40–47% alcohol
Whiskey 40–50% alcohol
Vodka 40–50% alcohol
Liqueurs 15–60% alcohol


Short-Term Affects of Alcohol:

1Hangovers
1Nausea
1Shakiness
bulletvomiting and memory loss
bulletInjury to yourself or others
bulletAlcohol poisoning

 

Long-Term Affects of Alcohol:

bulletPhysical and psychological dependence on alcohol
bulletSignificant damage to the brain and liver
bulletRisk of cancer of the mouth, throat or oesophagus
bulletPossible increased risk of neurological disorders, heart problems
bulletSexual problems (especially male impotency)
bulletRisk of emotional and mental health problems developing, such as depression and anxiety
bulletProblems at school, work and with relationships.


Alcohol Addiction Facts:

bulletApproximately 17% of men and 8% of women will be alcohol dependent in their lifetime.

bulletWomen metabolize alcohol slower than men and absorb alcohol in their bloodstream faster.

bulletA short-term consequence of drinking excessively can result in loss of consciousness, coma, or death, otherwise known as Alcohol Poisoning.

bulletWomen drinking regularly significantly increase their risk of liver damage over men even if they drink less.

bulletImpaired judgement from consuming alcohol can result to driving while under the influence, unintended sexual encounters, violence or other dangerous situations.

bulletAlcohol is the third largest cause of death in the United States, second only to heart disease and cancer.

bulletWomen can develop alcoholic liver disease after a shorter period of heavy drinking and at a lower level of daily drinking than men.

bulletMore alcoholic women die from cirrhosis than do alcoholic men.

bulletWomen experiencing sexual aggression were 9 times higher on heavy days of alcohol consumption compared with days of no alcohol consumption.

bulletThere is a greater incidence of alcohol misuse in women with eating disorders, especially bulimia, than in the general population.

bulletAlcoholism is considered a disease despite misconceptions it can be chronic that requires ongoing treatment to be managed.


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