Alcohol-related problems can be one of the most important, difficult, and complex areas of psychological wellbeing. Dependency can be difficult to treat, and there is a good deal of controversy surrounding the causes and the best approaches to treatment.
Warning Signs of Alcohol Abuse:
Alcohol abuse or misuse i.e. excessive or inappropriate use, can be difficult to define, and people’s opinions, values, and beliefs vary significantly on the topic. For some, any use of alcohol with the primary purpose of intoxication constitutes abuse. For others, abuse is indicated by recurring, negative consequences, such as:
- Failure to meet social, work, and academic obligations
- Physical injury or illness
- Alcohol-related legal problems, such as arrest for driving while intoxicated
- Relationship problems with intimate partners, friends, and family
- Impulsivity, such as spending money excessively
- Diminished interest in other activities
- Memory loss or blackouts
Signs that Alcohol Abuse Has Become Addiction:
Our Centre does not offer a treatment programme for Addiction. Alcohol abuse can lead to dependence or addiction when both quantity and rate of use increase. People who experience alcohol addiction feel unable to control the impulse to use, and they often experience withdrawal symptoms in the sudden absence of the substance. Some people are unaware or deny that they have a problem with addiction, and sometimes a person’s struggle with alcohol abuse remains hidden from loved ones.
Signs of alcohol dependence include:
- Increasing tolerance, or the need to consume more of the substance to reach the desired altered state
- Requiring the substance throughout the day
- Seeking the company of other users and cutting off social ties with non-users
- Dismissing or resenting expressions of concern from loved ones
- Avoiding other activities and failing to meet obligations
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms in the absence of the substance
- Hiding use from family and friends
- Bingeing—using heavily—for many hours or several days
- Feeling unable to quit
What Leads a Person to Misuse Alcohol?
There are a number of causes related to alcohol abuse, including psychological, biological, social, and physiological reasons. A family history of substance abuse can make a person more vulnerable to dependency or addiction, and social factors, such as peer pressure and ease of availability can increase the likelihood of a person developing a problem with alcohol. In addition, once a person begins using heavily, physiological changes take place, and that person may then become physically dependent, requiring him or her to continually use the substance in order to avoid withdrawal symptoms.
Contact us now in confidence at Arduna @ (01) 833 2733 to discuss making an appointment with one of our therapists who can help you with alcohol related problems.
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