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Look out for warning signs of  problem drinking

Look out for warning signs of problem drinking

09 June | 0 Comments | By Rachael

Alcohol abuse and alcoholism can develop due to several reasons that provoke one for drinking. Several other factors, such as genetics, emotional health and the environment in which one has been raised, play a crucial role in igniting the cravings for alcohol. The 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) reported that nearly 86.4 percent people in the age group 18 and above have consumed alcohol at some point in their life. Moreover, 26.9 percent of the users in the same age group engaged in binge drinking and 7 percent in heavy drinking in the past month.

People with a family history of alcoholism or closely related to a person who indulges in heavy drinking tend to be inclined toward alcohol and are more likely to develop drinking problems. Moreover, people suffering from a mental health issue, such as anxiety, depression or bipolar disorder, may use alcohol for self-medication purposes and may end up with an alcohol-related problem.

Signs and symptoms of problem drinking

The first “hi” with alcohol generally starts during teenage years, which apparently can turn out as a sign of problem drinking in later years. Although people may find it difficult to realize how quickly their experimentation turned into obsession, which gradually deteriorates their everyday life, certain behaviors and signs can measure the intensity of a person’s drinking problem.

Here are some of the warning signs that may indicate an alcohol-related problem:

  • Decide to quit drinking, but fail to: After an embarrassing or unpleasant experience with alcohol, whether a crushing hangover or a fight, some people would regret over their activities and vow not to indulge in any form of drinking. However, they tend to follow the same routine repeatedly due to increased dependence on alcohol and are not able to change their drinking habits.
  • Social life whirls around alcohol: There is nothing wrong in hanging out with friends, but being around with people who indulge in regular drinking and influence others to drink along with them can prove to be dangerous. Although drinking as a means to socialize may sound cool, it can result in fatal outcomes.
  • Behavior and personality change due to drinks: Some people transform into an altogether different person and may possess a totally different personality when they are under the effect of alcohol. They may turn loud, boisterous and even violent in comparison to others. This might be also drastically different from the person they might be in the state of sobriety.
  • End up in risky situations: Repeatedly putting oneself in danger is one of the distinct signs of problem drinking. Being under the influence of alcohol can lead to serious situations, such as cuts and bruises, falls, burns, unsafe sex, etc. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), alcohol-impaired driving fatalities accounted for nearly 9,967 deaths in 2014.
  • Memory loss and blackouts: The episodes of amnesia called blackouts generally precedes binge drinking. Alcohol can interact with the brain’s chemicals and prevent the recording of new memories. This is why some people tend to be interrogative about their odd behavior the next day after drinking heavily.

Seek help before it is too late

There are several implications of alcohol, which include hallucinations, sweating, blackouts, mood swings, chronic fatigue, tremors, erectile dysfunction, etc. Moreover, health issues like hypertension, diabetes or stroke can be some of the major repercussions if continued for a prolonged period.

Although the path to sobriety is filled with a range of painful withdrawal symptoms, several evidence-based intervention programs and detoxification can effectively help in overcoming alcoholism. If you or your loved one is afflicted by problem drinking, contact the Detox Facilities Texas. You can call our 24/7 helpline number 866-671-4308 or chat online to access one of the best rapid detox centers in Texas.