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What are Alcohol problems?
There are varying degrees of alcohol problems. They can be described as drinking large amounts of alcohol each day or less frequent but just as damaging binge drinking.
Over time a person can build up a physical dependence to alcohol. The body will rely on having alcohol in the system. The body reaches a point where it needs alcohol to function. In more extreme cases if a person were to stop drinking it could lead to withdrawal symptoms such as seizures and can be life threatening.
The following is often surprising to read for some people:
There are no safe limits for alcohol consumption. NICE state that men and women are advised to drink no more than 14 units of alcohol per week. That this should be spread over 7 days, with at least one day off alcohol in between drinking days.
The maximum weekly limit of 14 units of alcohol equates to: 14 singles of 37.5% proof spirits, seven pints of 4% lager, nine small glasses of wine 12% wine or four and two-thirds 250ml glasses of 12% wine.
Remember this is the weekly limit.
If an average male is drinking approximately 100 units per week he is likely to become physically dependent, and for a woman she would need only to be drinking approximately 70 units per week.
Even if someone is not physically dependent on alcohol they could still have a psychological dependence on it. This could be through binge drinking or even if you just need to have a drink after work to relax yourself, change how you feel or give you confidence etc. However in the long term this can still cause serious emotional and health problems, it may eventually also lead to physical dependency.
What are the effects of Binge drinking and Alcohol Dependence?
Long term effects of alcohol addiction include mental health problems such depression and anxiety, severe physical health problems such as various cancers, cirrhosis of the liver, and diabetes. Alcohol also effects sleep quality, can increase and cause stress and anxiety. Alcohol abuse and dependence is a known cause of relationship and family break ups and job lossess.
How will I know if someone is physically dependent on alcohol?
One way to recognise if someone is addicted to alcohol is to monitor their drinking, if they are drinking in excess of the government guidelines, using alcohol to unwind and relax or if they are binge drinking regularly then they could be addicted. A useful way to recognise whether someone is physically dependent on alcohol is to see whether they experience withdrawal symptoms in the absence of alcohol.
What are the withdrawal symptoms of Alcohol Addiction?
The main withdrawal symptoms that someone can experience when they are physically addicted to alcohol are sweats, shakes, nausea, agitation, difficulty sleeping and hallucinations. Withdrawal from alcohol can also lead to someone have a seizure (fit), which can cause brain damage and in some cases be fatal. It is important that if someone is considering stopping drinking that they seek advice and support first as they could be potentially be putting themselves at risk and require a medicated detoxification from the alcohol.
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