Alcoholism is a person’s physical and mental dependence on alcoholic beverages. People who have this bad habit become addicted to alcohol as it helps them to relax, relieve emotional stress and improve their physical condition, which has deteriorated precisely due to the cancellation or prolonged abstinence from alcohol.

There are two types of alcoholism: domestic and chronic. Chronic addiction is considered the most dangerous and difficult to treat. However, household alcoholism is no less dangerous, because if it is not controlled, then with a high degree of probability, sooner or later it will develop into chronic.

Signs of household alcoholism

How does the “chronicler” differ from the everyday drunkard? The first and most important difference is that the chronic alcoholic drinks constantly because of his addiction, while the household alcoholic drinks alcohol at will.

Here are the main signs of household alcoholism:

  • Occasional use. If a person has no reason, he does not drink. Allows himself to drink on holidays or to relieve stress at the end of the workweek.
  • Control. A person clearly controls his condition, feels when he has “enough”, strictly controls the amount of alcohol, not allowing himself to go beyond the limit.
  • Lack of alcohol tolerance. If a person drank too much, then he begins to show symptoms of alcohol poisoning – nausea, vomiting, headache.
  • Lack of aggressive behavior. Of course, this sign is very conditional, since aggression under the influence of alcohol can manifest itself in people because of their temperament. However, in most cases, household alcoholics are not prone to cruelty, aggression and vulgar behavior.
  • Behavior the next day. After the “spree”, the household alcoholic often experiences a sense of guilt and shame, reacts sharply to reproaches from his relatives, seeks to make amends for his fault by doing something good. Household alcoholics don’t have a hangover the next day.

Another striking sign of domestic alcoholism is the frequency and amount of alcohol consumed:

  • Moderate drinker. Drinking alcohol “on holidays” or on special occasions.
  • Occasionally drinking. Drinking alcohol several times a month.
  • A systematic drinker. A person who drinks alcohol at least 2 times a week.
  • Habitually drinking. A person who drinks alcohol at least 3 times a week.

It is important to note that with the transition to each new stage, the amount of “intoxicating” consumed increases.

In our medical clinic, there are different treatment programs, depending on the stage of alcoholism and its form (chronic or domestic).

When is it time to be on your guard?

Drinking people are always sure that they are absolutely not dependent on alcohol, and are able to refuse it without anyone’s help. However, the insidiousness of this disease lies precisely in the fact that the very line between: “I sometimes drink” and “I cannot live without alcohol” is erased very quickly, and the drinking person is simply not able to catch the moment when everything came out of – under control.

Here are some signs that should serve as a warning to the household alcoholic that the disease is progressing, and the addiction may soon turn (or has already passed) into a chronic form:

  • Every day it becomes more difficult to overcome the urge to drink. If a person does not receive the usual “dose”, then he becomes lethargic and depressed. On holidays and in companies, he cannot have fun, maintain a conversation without alcohol.
  • Increased tolerance for alcohol. Alcohol intoxication occurs more slowly, which increases the dose of alcohol consumed.
  • After drinking alcohol, the person behaves aggressively, asocial. If after drinking you no longer control your behavior, you start behaving inappropriately, you should seriously think about it.
  • Hangover. The next day, the person feels very bad, and in order to alleviate the condition, he has to either drink alcohol again (hangover), or resort to medications that are designed to alleviate the symptoms.
  • Indifference to the opinions of others. A person does not feel a sense of shame, remorse and guilt before his family, even if he really behaved very badly under the influence of alcohol.
  • Frequency of use. Alcohol appears more and more often in a person’s life, and its quantity and strength are gradually increasing.
  • Drinking alcohol alone. An alcoholic does not need company or an excuse to drink alcohol. He does it simply because he wants to.

If you observe similar symptoms in yourself or your loved ones, then this should be a reason to contact the professionals of our clinic specializing in the treatment of alcohol addiction.

The harm of alcohol to the human body

In addition to the fact that alcohol destroys families, it also has a detrimental effect on the body. Alcoholism inevitably leads to personality degradation and damage to the internal organs of a person, in particular, it suffers:

  • Liver
  • HVAC
  • Heart
  • Lungs
  • Kidneys

An alcohol addict is rapidly degrading mentally, his range of interests is narrowed, his intellectual abilities are reduced, and cognitive perception is impaired.

Alcohol dependence is considered the most common type of disorder, from which, according to the WHO, about 2.5 million people die each year. According to statistics, men drink more and more often than women, and therefore their risk of developing chronic dependence is higher than that of women. It should be noted, however, that in recent years the number of women who drink alcohol on a regular basis has been steadily increasing.

Fortunately, modern methods of treatment are quite successful in relieving people of this addiction. To help patients, we use psychogenic techniques and drug therapy, depending on the stage and complexity of the disease.

Originally posted 2021-08-20 05:54:44.


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