Alcohol Addiction (Alcoholism)

Alcohol addiction, also known as alcoholism, is a disease that affects people of all walks of life. Experts have tried to pinpoint factors like genetics, sex, race, or socioeconomics that may predispose someone to alcohol addiction. But it has no single cause. Psychological, genetic, and behavioural factors can all contribute to having the disease.

It’s important to note that alcoholism is a real disease. It can cause changes to the brain and neurochemistry, so a person with an alcohol addiction may not be able to control their actions.

Alcohol addiction can show itself in a variety of ways. The severity of the disease, how often someone drinks, and the alcohol they consume varies from person to person. Some people drink heavily all day, while others binge drink and then stay sober for a while.

Regardless of how the addiction looks, someone typically has an alcohol addiction if they heavily rely on drinking and can’t stay sober for an extended period of time.

What are the signs of Alcohol Addiction?

  • Increased quantity or frequency of use of alcohol.
  • High tolerance for alcohol, or lack of “hangover” symptoms.
  • Drinking at inappropriate times, such as first thing in the morning or at work.
  • Wanting to be where alcohol is present and avoiding situations where there is none.
  • Changes in friendships; someone with an alcohol addiction may choose friends who also drink heavily and avoid those who do not.
  • Avoiding contact with loved ones.
  • Hiding alcohol, or hiding while drinking.
  • Dependence on alcohol to function in everyday life.
  • Increased lethargy, depression, or other emotional issues.
  • Legal or professional problems such as an arrest or loss of a job.

Help with Alcohol Addiction.

If you think you or your loved one may be suffering from Alcohol Addiction, call to talk about the signs of Alcohol Addiction and your individual situation.