Alcohol Addiction and Symptoms
Alcohol addiction often begins with what is called binge drinking. That is consuming alcohol only occasionally and in social settings with friends. An activity considered to be innocent and harmless, however, unchecked and over time, a repeated habit of drinking can quietly morph into chronic alcoholism. Daily drinking over a period of years, the symptoms and consequences of alcohol abuse begin to appear directly affecting careers, jobs, family and relationships. Later stage alcoholism becomes a serious challenge to deal with and overcome and the assistance of professionals is most often times needed.
There are two major signs of alcohol addiction are tolerance and withdrawal. The first is Tolerance. The body first builds up a tolerance to the alcohol, which happens over time and is hard to spot. As the body adapts to continue functioning, the tolerance increases which leads to a person needing to consume even more alcohol to achieve the desired effects. The second sign is Withdrawal. This will be seen when the inflow of alcohol stops for whatever reason and the body is forced to revert to operate without it. Physical symptoms of the second stage would include: stress and anxiety, accelerated heart rate, disorientation, nausea and the need to purge, insomnia. If a person experiences these symptoms yet continues to drink to calm the discomfort, these are clear signs that help is needed.