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Alcohol Dependence and Abuse

In the UK, one of the most common addictions is alcoholism. The social approval of drinking may frequently result to denial - and, when isn't treated, serious complications.


Alcohol

Alcohol is legal and it is often referred to as 'Dutch Courage' as it reduces inhibitions and anxiety. There are many side effects including lack of coordination, slurred speech and vomiting.


An alcoholic is not the same as a heavy drinker, an alcoholic is someone who has a physical desire to drink alcohol beyond their capability which has a negative effect on their life. It has been used in many types of drinks like beer, Alcohol and wine.


Addiction To And The Abuse Of Beer

Beer is a type of an alcoholic drink which contains water, yeast, hops and barley. Beer usually has the lowest alcohol volume of all the alcohol variants.


The most commonly taken beers usually have an alcohol content by volume of 4-6 percent while others can be as low as 2 percent or as high as 12 percent. To exceed the legal driving limit, it usually takes most people 2 to 3 beers.

In British culture, beer is considered part and parcel of many activities. Beer is present in most sporting events, there are many drinking games in colleges that involve beer and many professionals would loath to miss out on happy hour.

The rise of small independent brewers has promoted beer drinking as the in thing especially with the home brewers coming up with new flavors and tastes all the time. The high amount of alcohol is the worst side effect of the craft beer revolution as the amount of alcohol is 11 or 12 percent which is much greater than amount present in common domestic draft.

Any alcohol consumption can make the drinker susceptible to alcohol abuse. A sign that you may have a problem is that you keep drinking even when everyone around you has stopped or you feel the need to drink in awkward or boring situations. If you have addiction to beer, seek assistance today.


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Abuse And Addiction Of Wine

Wine is originated from fermented grapes or other types of fruits like pomegranates or berries. Wine comes in various flavors and is usually either red or white.


The most common white wines in the UK are Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio, while the most popular reds are Merlot, Shiraz and Pinot Noir. The type of grapes used will determine the variety.

Wine has a more concentrated quantity of alcohol in comparison to beer. A small glass of wine around 5 oz is equivalent in alcohol content to a 12oz glass of beer. Wine is consumed with crackers and gourmet cheese and also at many parties. As wine is considered a stylish beverage and therefore, more difficult to spot if someone is abusing it.

64% of women in the UK drink wine as opposed to 33% of men. This is one of the reasons women are more prone to become wine addicts. Men can also have a problem with wine abuse. It is worth considering if someone you know has been drinking more wine than usual or they have been consuming the drink to get over feelings of depression or anxiety as there could be a problem with drink. Seek help to combat wine dependency.


Alcohol Abuse And Dependency

Alcohol is used as umbrella term for intense alcoholic drinks like tequila, vodka, gin, rum and whiskey. Spirits are regularly mixed with water or soda, and its ABV is higher than either beer or wine. The normal size of a spirit is 25ml. It is used as shot when not mix with water or drinks. Spirits that have a carbonated mixer will be absorbed into the bloodstream faster and therefore the drinker will become intoxicated more quickly. The shots however have less liquid in them, and this makes them easier to drink in large amounts without realizing it is leading to abuse and drunkenness.

People who have been drinking alcohol for a long time claim that different drinks cause different forms of intoxication. Science has still to demonstrate this, with researches showing that alcohol generates equal symptoms in everybody, despite the kind of beverage being ingested. The drinker's perception may however be affected by the setting in which they are consuming the alcohol. Doing shots of tequila at a party that is highly charged can have a wide variety of effects while a person who's just having their wine at dinner will likely feel happy or tired.

The ones with a serious alcohol use disorder might experience that they can't begin their daily routine without a swig of vodka or end it without a glass of whiskey. No matter what type of alcohol is consumed the risk of addiction is the same. It is time to seek help for your alcohol addiction.


Understanding Binge Drinking

Men who drink more than five alcoholic drinks in a two-hour period, and women who drink more than four are classified as binge drinkers; they are considered risk drinkers. A person who binge drinks only on occasion may be able to stop themselves. An addict to alcohol may try to stop but cannot do it without assistance. In some circumstances, extended binge drinking may result in alcoholism.


Short Term Effects Of Alcohol

Alcohol is a depressant and affects the Central Nervous System (CNS) which slows down the brain and the bodies processes. A person may feel less stressed or anxious when they have their first drink. Alcohol can make a person feel more sociable and have more confidence in meeting new people for the first time.

Alcohol is legal and accepted as a social pastime so it can be difficult to see the difference between casual use and addiction. If alcohol use causes negative consequences, then it is considered alcohol abuse. Negative effects of taking alcohol may include:

  • Physical sickness and harm
  • Misunderstandings
  • Work-related issues
  • Money problems

It turns into addiction when the usage increases.


Dependency On Alcohol

If someone has a desire for alcohol or just can't stop drinking even it creates harmful personal or social effects. Evidences of an addiction to alcohol are generally drinking more than expected, wishing to quit drinking, however being incapable to have a resistance to alcohol, feeling withdrawal side effects once is stopping, allowing individual and professional obligations struggle in advantage of drinking and wasting an enormous time trying to get and drink alcohol. You can find out if you have an alcohol problem by taking our quiz.


High-Functioning Alcoholics

There is a type of alcoholic known as a High-Functioning Alcoholic. High-Functioning Alcoholics though addicts can control themselves and continue producing professionally and at home.


According to an article in the New York Times, half the alcoholics are high-functioning alcoholics. Some of the public that make a big part of these people are lawyers, professors and doctors.


Until the time when they'll face a serious problem due to alcohol use, high-functioning alcoholics rarely see their alcohol use as a problem. The problem can be that this type of alcoholic can continue drinking in the same way for many years without realising they have a problem.


Alcohol And Other Drugs

Mixing of alcohol with other drugs is very common nowadays since alcohol is a common part of our everyday lives. When alcohol is mixed with drugs such as Benzodiazepines or certain pain killers, this can be quite dangerous since all these drugs are CNS suppressants. Alcohol alone can be dangerous, however when it's mixed with other elements it may prove deadly.


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Get Treatment For Alcohol Addiction Today

You do not have to suffer through recovery on your own. It is a challenging task to try and stop taking alcohol on your own. For providing help there are many treatment centers, experts and support groups. With the help of devoted treatment centers, give yourself a chance for recovery. Contact a treatment center now on 0800 246 1509.