Symptoms alcoholism

The symptoms of alcoholism vary by stage in which the alcoholic is. What is alcoholism and what are the symptoms of alcoholism?

What is alcoholism?

Alcoholism is an addiction to alcoholic drinks which is caused by having too much alcohol. People suffering from alcoholism have a greater tolerance for alcohol and often suffer from withdrawal symptoms.

Symptoms of alcoholism

The symptoms of alcoholism can be divided into several stages: the social drinker stage, the first stage of alcoholism, middle stage alcoholism and the final stage of alcoholism. These four stages are described below with more detail, while also addressing the symptoms related to the different stages.

Social drinker

The social drinker is someone who has few problems with alcohol and has no symptoms of alcoholism yet. The social drinker pays little attention to alcohol consumption. The social drinker can control his alcohol intake well. Drinking alcohol is relatively unimportant for the social drinker. When the social drinker is at a party or a dinner where alcohol is served, his focus is not on drinking the alcohol, but the conversations he has with other people. However the social drinker drinks sometimes more than he has planned. This is due to the fact that alcohol affects the mindset of the brains of an alcohol-drinking person, like if someone who plans to have just one glass of alcohol because he has to drive home - drinks more than previously planned because he sees no harm in it.

First stage of alcoholism and symptoms

During the first stage of alcoholism, a person will start to get signs and symptoms of his or her alcohol use. They will drink in secret, because they are ashamed of the alcohol use. Friends and family will become worried regarding the alcohol use. Symptoms of the first stage of alcoholism are:

  • Continuing to drink until they are totally drunk
  • Blackouts
  • An higher tolerance for alcohol
  • Being late for work and have difficulty performing tasks at work
  • Important social and recreational activities are being neglected
  • The company of heavy drinkers is looked for
  • Activities with little or no alcohol is served is avoided
  • Having withdrawal symptoms that disappear after only a few glasses of alcohol are consumed¬†

Symptomen alcoholisme

Middle stage alcoholism and symptoms

In the middle stage of alcoholism the signs and symptoms by consuming alcohol will increase.A doctor will probably suggest that you should stop drinking, but mostly in vain. Symptoms of the middle stage of alcoholism are:

  • Denying the fact that the alcohol use is a problem
  • People continue to drink more than they wanted before
  • Drinking get rid of feelings of depression and discomfort
  • Drinking in the morning to get rid of withdrawal symptoms such as trembling or anxiety
  • Medical problems
  • Relationship problems or family problems

Final stage alcoholism and symptoms

In the final stage of alcoholism, someone can no longer live a normal daily life due to the signs and symptoms associated with alcoholism .The body of the alcoholic will deteriorate due to the damage caused by alcohol and the alcoholic will have many ailments and symptoms. These symptoms and ailments are:

  • Continuous drinking
  • Mental confusion of the alcoholic
  • Extreme diseases such as:
  • Liver degradation
  • Cirrhosis
  • Pancreatitis
  • Nerve and muscle damage
  • High blood pressure
  • Internal bleeding
  • Heart failure,
  • Brain damage
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Respiratory infection
  • Suicidal tendencies
  • Paranoia
  • Denial
  • Malnutrition
  • Extreme withdrawal symptoms
  • One can also incur the Korsakov syndrome

Sometimes the symptoms listed above are irreversible.

Severe withdrawal symptoms

In the final stage of alcoholism one is busy almost the whole day trying to go get rid of withdrawal symptoms. Some alcoholics will put a glass of alcohol beside their beds because in the morning they can not open the bottle due to shaking. 

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