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Alcohol Abuse Symptoms

As is the case with most addictions, understanding the symptoms of alcohol abuse will help lower the incidence rates. Not all heavy drinkers are alcoholics. Educate yourself on the symptoms of alcoholism.

Alcoholism is an Addiction

Alcoholism as an addiction is an involuntary disability associated with a specific set of characteristics by which from the norm there by placing them at a disadvantage in many social and professional situations. People suffering from alcoholism display the following alcohol abuse symptoms:

  • Are preoccupied and plan their entire day around the consumption of alcohol
  • Continue drinking despite repeated alcohol related problems like getting into trouble with the law or losing their job
  • Have delusional thoughts and are often in denial about the severity of their addiction


Not all heavy drinkers meet the definition of an alcoholic. Some heavy drinkers have spurts known as binges where they consume alcohol heavily every so often. These types of drinkers are more prone to be victims of unexpected events such as car crashes or violence as opposed to the loss of a job as a result of everyday drinking.

Other alcohol abuse symptoms include:

  • Cravings for alcohol daily
  • Increased tolerance and the need to drink more in order to feel “drunk”
  • Physical dependence on alcohol to feel normal
  • Impaired control over drinking. Not having the ability to have just one drink, but needing to continue to drink till you cannot any longer

Individuals with alcohol addictions suffer from the repeated and over consumption of alcohol. They continue to drink and resort to drinking long after significant events stemmed from alcohol consumption have taken place in their lives.

“Alcoholics often develop a poor diet which can severely deprive their healthy well being. Alcohol can lead to under eating and individuals can suffer from a lack of nutrients into their body.”

Alcohol can cause a person’s weight to increase due to the heavy calorie counts in beer, wine and other mixed drinks.

Alcoholics begin to crave and need alcohol in order to perform even the most mundane daily tasks. Personalities of alcoholics tend to change in that a person can develop either type 1 or type 2 disorder of the drug.

Type 1 Alcoholics

Associated with a lesser degree of risk to oneself and the people around them. Type 1 disorders are often linked to patients later in life that have over consumed alcohol for an extended amount of time.

Type 2 Alcoholics

Are more serious and heavily linked to a greater dependence on alcohol. Type 2 disorders can become very severe in that a person can cause physical and emotional damage to themselves and the people around them.

Many type 2 disorders are genetically linked in that a parent or grandparent of was often diagnosed with alcohol addiction.

Alcohol Abuse Symptoms 

If you are a loved one has the alcohol abuse symptoms contact Addiction Help Today.