Alcohol is one of the most commonly abused substances worldwide. According to the World Health Organization, WHO, nearly 13.5% of deaths of people between 20 and 39 years are caused by alcohol.
Alcohol consumption is part of many cultures’ celebrations and pastimes. However, in recent years, there’s been a worldwide trend toward increased use and abuse of this liquid drug. People are becoming more dependent on alcohol.
With so many people overusing or abusing alcohol, many look around and think that they don’t have a problem. However, people who drink in excess tend to flock together. Your drinking buddies may drink more than you, however, this doesn’t mean that you don’t have a problem.
There are many helpful tools for learning more about alcoholism that can help you determine whether you need professional help. The National Institute of Health, NIH, has outlined some of the symptoms of alcohol abuse disorders.
Warning signs include reducing other activities so that you can drink, drinking despite it causing problems, drinking more or for longer than intended, and wanting to stop but can’t.
No matter the scenario, if you have problems associated with your drinking, you need help. Alcohol is a substance and substance abuse disorders are claiming more lives every year in the United States. Get help before it’s too late.
While you’re drinking, you regularly put alcohol in your system. Your body gets used to this and adapts to its new normal state.
Your body fights all the time to keep its temperature and blood sugar at a consistent level – to maintain homeostasis.
Removing the substance completely induces withdrawal symptoms, which is the body’s response to the change in homeostasis.
Alcohol is one of the most dangerous substances to stop suddenly. The sudden removal of alcohol causes a host of withdrawal symptoms, some of which can be deadly.
Seizures are one of the big concerns when someone is embarking on alcohol withdrawal. The seizures are a response to the absence of alcohol in the body and can be fatal.
People who experience seizures can suffocate from their own vomit or cause life-threatening head injuries in the collapse.
Due to the extreme risk seizures pose, anyone who’s been drinking regularly should consult with a medical professional or locate a nearby detox center or rehab before starting the withdrawal process.
Alcohol withdrawal comes with a number of other, less dramatic symptoms as well. Restlessness and sleep issues like insomnia or trouble staying asleep are common symptoms. Nausea, vomiting and sweating are other clues that your body became physically dependent on alcohol. Other withdrawal symptoms include…