Alcohol addiction and dependency is becoming an increasing issue in today’s society with more than 9 million people drinking more than their recommended daily limits (Alcoholconcern.org.uk). Although alcohol is part of many people’s daily lives, how do you know when if you have an addiction or dependency? Alcohol addiction not only affects you physically, but also emotionally, socially and psychologically.
How do you know when you have an alcohol addiction?
There are lots of misconceptions about ‘being an alcoholic’ and it is these misconceptions that can prevent people seeking help. Many alcoholics drink every day but someone suffering from an alcohol addiction may not drink every day, yet they are still dependent on alcohol.
People often think of alcoholics as being the homeless person drinking cans in the park, but alcohol addiction can affect anyone from any walk of life, age, race or economic background. Often people will hide their addiction out of shame, or a belief that they can deal with it themselves, but like other illnesses, seeking professional help will achieve a much better outcome. After all, you wouldn’t try and treat something like diabetes without seeking medical help, your addiction is no different.
Physical risks of alcohol addiction
People with alcohol dependency will often experience an increase in accidents and injuries, a general deterioration in health as well as specific health conditions as a direct result of the alcohol:
- Physical symptoms of withdrawal
- Loss of weight and malnutrition
- Liver disease
- Cardiovascular disease
- Neurological problems
- Stomach problems
- Osteoporosis (especially in women)
Mental Health Risks of Alcohol Addiction
Alcohol misuse and mental health problems often go hand in hand. It could be
an escalation of existing conditions or the result of the dependency.
Are you worried that you or a loved one may be suffering from alcohol addiction and in need of professional, residential support?
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