What are the signs of alcohol addiction? Generally speaking, the signs of alcohol addiction are unclear to many people. Alcohol addiction is a condition that includes craving and continued alcohol abuse permanently repeated drinking-related problems, such as losing a job or getting into trouble with the law. Alcoholism is characterized by several signs:
- Cravings: A strong need, or compulsion, to drink alcohol.
- Loss of control: The inability to limit one's drinking on any given occasion.
- Physical dependence: Withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea, sweating, shakiness, and anxiety, occur when alcohol use is stopped after a period of heavy drinking.
- Tolerance: The need to drink greater amounts of alcohol in order to "get high."
To better determine whether someone has an alcohol addiction problem The World Health Organization (WHO) has made a list of conditions relating to alcohol addiction. The following are conditions for alcoholism (you do not have to fulfill all of these conditions to have a problem with drinking):
- Continue to use alcohol even if you know it is damaging for you.
- Damaging effects due to the use on the person itself and its surroundings (problems at work or school, arguments with the people around the addict, dedicate less time to hobbies, illnesses).
- Failed attempts to control the alcohol use.
- Psychological dependence (have a desire for alcohol, varying from very little to very much).
- Spend a great deal of time on the use of alcohol or on the recovery of its use.
- Tolerance (need more alcohol to still feel the effect).
- Use alcohol more frequently and in higher doses than planned.
- Withdrawal symptoms (get all kinds of physical reactions after you stop).
- Use alcohol to reduce the withdrawal symptoms.
Just like other drug addictions, an individual with an alcohol addiction problem has to be committed to make a change for the better. Some people stop drinking and remain sober. Others have long periods of sobriety with bouts of relapse. And still others can not stop drinking for any length of time. With alcohol rehabilitation, one thing is clear: the longer a person abstains from alcohol, the more likely he or she will be able to stay sober.
Once you or your loved one acknowledges the alcohol addiction, attaining alcohol rehab is often the next step. There are many different types of alcohol rehabilitation programs to choose from. The exact type an individual chooses will depend on the severity of their addiction as well as what type of treatment corresponds with their personal beliefs and values. Some of the many different types of alcohol rehabilitation available are inpatient, outpatient and residential treatment. Many times an individual's family and friends are an important part of the recovery process. Some programs may offer additional help such as marial counseling, family therapy, legal assistance, job training, childcare, and parenting classes.