The Alcoholism Symptoms Most People Do Not Know


The Early Signs

The very first alcoholism symptoms may not begin with actual physiological symptoms of acute alcoholic abuse, but with the actual behaviors of the drinker. Becoming intoxicated more frequently, establishing a detectable pattern of habitual or heavy drinking, engaging in risky behaviors such as drunken driving or even drinking on the job may be early signs that there is a problem. Additionally, the drinker may suddenly become violent or angry, whereas he/she may have been calm or under control before the incessant drinking. Counseling or some kind of intervention program may curb the disease before it takes hold.

Symptoms of Alcohol Abuse

Alcoholism symptoms are divided into alcohol abuse and the actual physiological and psychological effects of alcoholism. Alcohol abuse entails the inability to stop drinking, even though the drinker knows he/she shouldn’t do it. The drinker may miss work, engage in drunken driving, neglect responsibilities or even commit crimes as a result of the alcohol in his/her system.

Any action that causes harm to the drinker or those around him or her should be a red flag that the drinker is abusing alcohol, even if he/she does not show any visible physiological or psychological symptoms and can ‘function’ in society. In this early, yet dangerous situation, the drinker may be physically dependent on alcohol, thus causing him/her to drink habitually and without restraint.

Symptoms of Alcoholism

The more physiological and psychological alcoholism symptoms occurs when the subject has become an alcoholic. He/she begins to exhibit the symptoms or the effects of long-term alcohol abuse. One of the first and easily detectable symptoms of alcoholism is neglecting or lack of interest in other actives, such as social, recreational, or even occupational (workplace) activities are greatly reduced or neglected totally due to increased, uncontrolled use of alcohol.

An alcoholic will also consume larger amounts of alcohol, more so than a casual drinker and usually during morning or daytime hours. This symptom may lead to entire paychecks being used to purchase alcohol, and with the impaired judgment caused by alcohol abuse, the drinker may forget or neglect to pay important bills such as rent/mortgage, car note, or even utilities.

The symptoms become more dangerous and even deadly with the drinker realizing that he/she is becoming ill or is badly damaging his/her body with continued alcohol use, but still continues to abuse it. This is more of a physical dependence more so than bad or impaired judgment, but the lack of control, impaired judgment, and delusional mind add to the drinker’s denial that he/she does not have a problem as he/she continues to damage his body.

Physiological Symptoms of Alcoholism

Physical alcoholism symptoms include damage to the liver, heart, even the kidneys and pancreas. The toxic chemicals in alcoholic beverages prevent the organs from working properly and can easily complicate other health issues. The most dangerous symptom of alcoholism as it relates to the body is the weakened immune system, making the body more susceptible to colds, the flu, and other diseases.

Add that to the damaging effects of alcohol abuse and it is easy to see how alcoholism can be fatal, especially in older people. During the early stages, before the physiological effects set in, treatment may still be possible; however, as the damaging effects of alcoholism continue and the drinker continues to poison his/her body through heavy drinking, the damage may be irreversible.



 

 

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