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Understanding Alcoholism FAQ

Understanding Alcoholism FAQ

Q. What is Alcoholism

Alcoholism is the inability to control drinking due to both a physical and emotional dependence on alcohol. Alcoholism also knows as alcohol use disorder is the most severe form of alcohol abuse. People who have alcoholism often drink large amounts of alcohol throughout the day. They may also binge drink, which is defined as drinking an excessive amount of alcohol in a very short period of time.

Q. Is Alcoholism a Disease

Alcoholism is a disease. When a person is addicted to alcohol the cravings one feels can be as strong as the need for water and food. An alcoholic will continue to consume alcohol despite serious health problems they may be experiencing.

Q. What Are the Symptoms of Alcoholism

There are three primary symptoms of alcoholism which include: Inability to limit alcohol intake, Cravings for alcohol, and Withdrawal symptoms when one does not have access to it. There are many health risks that can occur when a person is addicted to alcohol

Some of the health risks are:

  • Chronic diseases (liver, pancreas, heart)
  • Liver damage
  • Brain/nerve system problems
  • Anemia
  • Cancer
  • Seizures
  • Gout
  • Infections
  • Digestive problems
  • Sleeping problems

Some of the behavioral, as well as mood symptoms, are:

  • Aggression
  • Agitation
  • Mood swings
  • Compulsive behavior
  • Self-destructive behavior
  • Anxiety
  • Euphoria
  • General discontent
  • Guilt
  • Loneliness
  • Delerium
  • Fear

Q. Is Alcoholism Genetic

The risk of alcoholism is hereditary and passed down through families, however, environmental factors are also contributors. Environmental factors include stressful life events, alcoholism in the family, as well as peer pressure. Moreover, about 50 percent of alcoholism involves genetics which means that it can be prevented to a certain extent by not exposing your child to alcoholism in the family.

Q. Can Alcoholism be Cured

There is no cure for alcoholism, however, it can be treated. Alcoholism is a chronic disease that requires long-term treatment as well as hard work and dedication. Alcoholism treatment programs use both counseling and medications to help a person deal with their addiction. When seeking out treatment there are many options like inpatient and out programs depending on your lifestyle and schedule.

Q. Can I Quit Cold Turkey

Quitting alcoholism cold turkey can result in serious side effects such as seizures and delirium tremens (DTs). In spite of these serious sides effects, seeking out a treatment program for help with alcoholism will ensure your safety during withdrawal. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms usually peak between 48-72 hours after your last drink. Furthermore, seeking professional help to manage these symptoms is your best option.

Q. Can I Overdose on Alcohol

Yes, there is such thing as an alcohol overdose. Alcohol poisoning can occur when a person drinks large amounts of alcohol quickly and the body is overwhelmed by toxins. If you suspect that someone has consumed too much alcohol, seek medical help immediately by calling 911. As a result, this call could be life-saving.

Q. What Are Alcohol Withdraw Symptoms

Alcohol withdrawal symptoms are serious and can be life-threatening and should be done while in the care of professionals. These symptoms may vary from person to person and also depend on how long and how much a person has been drinking alcohol.

In addition, some of the most common alcohol withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Anxiety
  • Cravings
  • Jitteriness
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Headache/ Dizziness
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue/ Lethargy
  • Difficulties thinking straight, concentrating, and making decisions
  • Memory issues
  • Nausea/ Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Dehydration
  • Decreased appetite and possible anorexia.
  • Muscle aches/ Tremors
  • Irregular heart rate and blood pressure
  • Sweating

Q. Are You Looking for a Treatment Center

If you are in South Florida are and are struggling with alcohol addiction contact the professionals at Harm Reduction Center. We work with each client to find a treatment program that meets their needs as well as their lifestyle. While there is no cure, it is treatable and a better life is possible. You do not have to battle addiction alone, contact us today for information on our treatment programs as well as how to begin your journey to sobriety.