Welcome back to part 2 of “Alcoholism and Drinking Problems“, so let’s get started with an understanding of what the the signs of alcohol dependence are…
If you’re alcohol dependent you have a strong desire for alcohol. Sometimes the desire is overpowering. You’ve huge difficulty in controlling your drinking. Also, your body becomes used to a lot of alcohol. Therefore, you may start to develop withdrawal symptoms 3-8 hours after your last drink as the effect of the alcohol wears off. Thus, even if you want to quit drinking, it is often challenging due to the withdrawal symptoms.
Withdrawal symptoms include: feeling sick, trembling, sweating, craving for alcohol, and just feeling awful. Convulsions occur in some cases.
For that reason, you drink alcohol regularly and depend on it to prevent withdrawal symptoms. If you do not have any more alcohol, withdrawal signs or symptoms normally last 5-7 days but a craving for alcohol might persist longer. The seriousness of dependence can vary. It may develop gradually and become more serious. You might be developing alcohol dependence if you:-
* Sometimes have a strong desire to drink alcohol and need a drink every day.
* Drink alone often.
* Require a drink to stop trembling (the shakes).
* Drink early, or first thing in the morning (to avoid withdrawal signs or symptoms).
* Spend a lot of your time in activities where alcohol is available. For instance, if you spend a lot of time at the social club or pub.
* Overlook other interests or pleasures due to alcohol drinking.
If you are alcohol dependent you’re usually tolerant to the impact of alcohol. This means that you need more alcohol to notice any effects and to become drunk. This can make things worse as it can make you drink even more.
If you’re alcohol dependent you may get drunk frequently. However, you may not get drunk. You might drink small amounts regularly to keep any withdrawal indications away. You might then be able to hide your issue from others. However, you are still at severe risk of developing conditions because of heavy drinking (cancers, liver damage, Delirium DTs, etc).