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.
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.