One of the biggest social activities in current society is drinking alcohol, it is a leisure activity enjoyed by many in the UK. However when this activity gets to a position where your spending outweighs the benefits, this can be considered the start of a real problem with alcohol and addiction can become a real possibility. Alcohol addiction most frequently begins with “binge” drinking – where you drink a lot just to get drunk, but this is not always how the addiction can begin.
Any kind of consumption which starts to cause uncontrollable cravings for alcohol, or the need to consume alcohol just to feel “normal” is a sign of addiction. It is important to know that not all those suffering from alcohol addiction will drink all day, every day, as is the popular stereotype.
Alcohol addiction has a number of very serious consequences including (but not limited to) blood disease, liver disease, throat and mouth cancer, cirrhosis, mental confusion, depression and many other mental and emotional problems.
Symptoms of Alcohol Addiction
Do you know someone who is worrying you by exhibiting a possible addiction to alcohol? Try asking yourself the following questions.
- Does their face seem puffier and quite red/flushed on a regular basis?
- Do they often drink alone, or deny they have been drinking and become defensive or aggressive when questioned?
- Are they showing signs of withdrawal when they haven’t had a drink, such as shaking, anxiety and sweating?
- Has drinking become a part of their daily routine, and do they seem to have violent mood swings and depressive episodes without a drink?
Do you know someone who is suffering from an addiction to alcohol? Call us now for help and advice on how simple and easy it can be to get free of alcohol addiction and live a happier, healthier life.