March 26, 2012

Alcoholism And Problem Drinking – Signs And Symptoms Part 2

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…


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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).

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March 19, 2012

Alcoholism And Problem Drinking – Signs And Symptoms Part 1

Alcoholism is a word that lots of people use to mean alcohol dependence (alcohol addiction). Lots of people are problem drinkers without having to be reliant on alcohol. If you’re alcohol dependent then detoxing (detox) may help you to quit drinking.


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Issues with drinking alcohol
There are roughly four levels of alcohol drinking – social, heavy, problem and dependent. As a rule, each level increases the risk to your safety and health.

Social drinking
Most people drink some alcohol. But, even a tiny amount of alcohol may be hazardous if you drive, run machinery, or take some types of medication.

Heavy (dangerous) drinking

This is drinking over the suggested safe limits which are:

* Men should drink no more than 21 units of alcohol per week and no more than four units in any one day.

* Women should drink no more than 14 units of alcohol each week, and no more than three units in any single day. (Expectant women shouldn’t drink at all.)

A single unit of alcohol is in about half a pint of beer, or two thirds of a small glass of wine, or one small pub measure of spirits.

Drinking over the suggested safe limit is harmful. That’s, it increases your risk of developing diseases such as cirrhosis (liver damage), damage to the pancreas, particular cancers, heart disease, sexual problems, and other conditions. About 1 in 3 men, and about 1 in 7 women, drink over the safe limit. Normally, the more you drink, the greater the risk.

For instance, if a man drinks 5 units each day (not significantly over the suggested limit) then, on average, he doubles his risk of getting liver disease, raised blood pressure level, some cancers, and of having a severe death.

Problem (harmful) drinking

Here you continue to drink heavily even though you have caused harm, or are causing harm or issues to yourself, family, or society. For example, you may:-

* Have cirrhosis or another alcohol related condition.

* Binge drink and get drunk very often. This may cause you to lose time off work, or act in an anti-social way when you drink. But note: not everyone with problem drinking binges or gets drunk.

Many people with an alcohol-related condition like cirrhosis drink small amounts often but don’t get drunk.

* Waste your money on alcohol than you can afford.

* Have problems with your relationships or at the office because of your drinking.

Many problem drinkers aren’t reliant on alcohol. They might quit drinking without withdrawal symptoms if they wanted to. But, for one reason or another, they still drink seriously.

Alcohol dependence (addiction)
This is a severe situation where drinking alcohol takes a high-priority in your life. You drink every day, and often need to drink to prevent unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. In the united kingdom, about 2 in 100 ladies and about 6 in 100 men are alcohol dependent.

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March 12, 2012

How To Quit Alcoholism And How Alcohol Can Confuse You

How to quit alcoholism can be a very confusing question if alcohol has a complete control over your life, meaning your decision making condition is in an continual state of confusion, and will not take into consideration the negative issues involved with alcoholism.

If it is that alcohol brings about such a number if negative issues, why is it not only legal, but in some cases accepted?

Although it is that we have placed a limit on what we as a society will tolerate, we still allow the use and consumption of a potentially unhealthy, dangerous, and even deadly substance when consumed at sometimes even moderate amounts. So why is it that there is even the mixed message that exists in our society?

The fact is the alcohol has spread from coast to coast like a deadly virus and it is not only found in pubs and bars, but also in restaurants, at sporting events, night clubs, hotels and practically anywhere which involves groups of people under one roof. The sale of alcohol is not only an exclusive right for liquor stores and off licenses, meaning that almost anyone has access to this lethal substance and at almost any time during the day.

Now with a simple trip to the grocery store, or at a stop to get gas at the local convenience store, an adult can make a legal purchase of anything from cans to bottles, cases and in some locations even kegs of whatever alcoholic beverages they may want.

Advertising is also a big culprit in marketing alcohol into what we can view as a cool thing to do and if you really open your eyes, alcohol has invaded our lives. You can find alcohol advertising in sporting events, on the TV, in the cinema, in magazines and on publicity boards. The market is basically saturated with alcohol and all in the cause of making us think that alcohol is socially acceptable.

Warnings have not stopped alcohol usage, so we need to create other deterrents in addition to the ones currently in place. We as a society can choose not to glamorize alcohol, in turn making it less “cool.” We can say no to advertisements and commercials promoting alcohol usage. The message can be sent out emphasizing and supporting a healthy and safe lifestyle free from the use of alcohol, and finally manage to quit alcoholism.

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March 5, 2012

Change For Life And Stop Drinking Today

Change for life and stop drinking today by watching this short video, and by reading the 7 tips below to help you quit alcohol

The decision to stop drinking is a hard one. Here is a list of 7 helpful tips to help you change for a life without alcohol.

1) You have to do it for yourself - You hear this and it’s true. Not your family, significant other, or whoever might be asking you to stop. If you don’t do it for yourself, you will be starting out with a handicap.

2) Importance of Physical Exercise -
Many studies have suggested that people who exercise regularly while trying to stay sober are less likely to relapse. Exercise has a tendency to lower stress and keep a person in a more relaxed state which is a plus when working toward sobriety.

3) Reward Yourself -
Many people are so focused on reaching goals that they forget to reward themselves for the ones accomplished. Rewards keep your spirits up. They don’t have to be anything big, but try to make them frequent.

4) No Guilt Trips For Setbacks -
Anger and frustration for a temporary setback is counterproductive and will make anyone feel like quitting. Don’t worry about it if it happens. Try to identify what caused the setback and work toward preventing it from happening again. Focus on a positive future, not a negative past.

5) Get Outside Help -
Whether it’s A.A., some kind of therapy, or a proven formula to get sober, utilize something outside of your normal scope of thinking and experience. Left alone to ones thoughts and methods is probably not the best thing, since those thoughts and methods contributed to the addiction in the first place.

6) Spend As Little Time Alone As Possible -
For single people this can be a tall order. If you can’t surround yourself with people, get out more which helps generate a fresh perspective on life.

7) Develop An Alcohol-Free Daily Routine -
Wake up earlier, include some exercise into the daily schedule, the potential is endless. Let’s face it, to stop drinking is to make a clean start on its own.

Everyone is an individual, and will have to operate on his or her own unique timetable. There are no rules or prescribed time limits to step from addiction to sobriety. Go at your own pace.

If you have a problem with drinking, the best step is the first one. Decide to stop drinking today and you are closer than before to making the right change for your life…

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