Learn about Alcoholism Symptoms – Be aware of your drinking habits to curb alcoholism
Identify the major symptoms related to alcoholism that need to be addressed to prevent addiction. Preventive measures for an addiction-free lifestyle.
Alcoholism symptoms can be considered in two parts: inebriation, which is relatively easy to diagnose, and the symptoms and behaviors which alcoholics present, even when not under the influence.
Given that alcohol consumption is socially acceptable, it would probably be quite difficult to find someone who couldn’t tell when an individual was inebriated or “drunk.” In addition to slurred speech, difficulty balancing and frequent breaks in the person’s train of thought or conversation, a person who is drunk will exhibit glassy, reddened eyes that will have difficulty focusing on, or following, an object.
The symptom that differentiates the alcohol drinker from the alcoholic is the inability to moderate one’s drinking. Alcoholics lack the capacity to stop, like those afflicted with any addiction. Alcoholics can become argumentative, confrontational or threatening when someone interferes with their drinking. They can be physically or emotionally abusive, irresponsible, and unable to hold a job. They come to view alcohol as the solution-rather than the cause-for their problems. Only alcohol treatment can reverse these damaging viewpoints.
Alcoholism Withdrawal Symptoms:
According to the National Institutes of Health, withdrawal symptoms fall into three categories, separated by their severity, both physical and psychological:
Psychological symptoms – mild to moderate
- Feeling jumpy, nervous or shaky
- Feelings of anxiety
- Irritability, easily excitable
- Emotional volatility, rapid changes in emotions
- Difficulty thinking clearly
- Bad dreams
Physical symptoms – mild to moderate
- Headache (generalized, pulsating)
- Sweating (especially on the palms of the hands)
- Nausea, vomiting
- Loss of appetite
- Insomnia, sleeping difficulties
- Pale complexion
- Rapid heart rate (heart palpitations)
- Clammy skin
- Eyes (pupils different sizes, enlarged or dilated pupils)
- Involuntary, abnormal movements (such as hand tremors)
Severe symptoms – physical and psychological
- Generalized state of confusion
- High fever
- Black out episodes (individual cannot remember what happened while drinking)
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About the author:
Greg opened his home and heart to alcoholics and addicts in 2003. He is a Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor (CATCI). Starting in 2009 Greg has fostered the growth of Ocean Hills Recovery into one of the most respected and effective treatment centers in the area and has been working with people with addictions since March of 2001. Greg believes in a holistic approach to recovery. His focus is on drug alcohol addiction treatment with a combination of 12 Step work, therapy and counseling, and the rejuvenation of the body through healthful eating and exercise. He has designed his program to foster a family-like atmosphere and believes that people in recovery are just beginning their lives. He encourages the people he works with to learn to enjoy life in sobriety. Greg is married to Nicole; they have two adorable sons together and an energetic yellow Labrador Retriever.