Alcohol Abuse and Dependence
According to the same article published by the Mayo Clinic, AUDs can be mild, moderate or severe. However, there is a specific set of symptoms that typically remains the same across the board.
These symptoms of alcohol abuse and dependence include:
- Being unable to control the amount of alcohol that is consumed in one sitting
- Attempting to cut back on the amount of alcohol being consumed, but being unable to cut back or quit for any length of time
- Experiencing intense psychological or physical cravings for alcohol
- Spending an ample amount of time obtaining alcohol, getting drunk and recovering from getting drunk (nursing hangovers or other symptoms associated with alcohol withdrawal)
- Ignoring personal obligations or failing to show up at recurring engagements, such as work or school
- A general lack of motivation to fulfill personal obligations
- Giving up social activities or hobbies that were previously enjoyed in lieu of drinking
- Continuing to consume alcohol despite interpersonal problems, problems at work or at school, financial issues, health-related issues or legal issues
- An increase in risk-taking behaviors, such as getting behind the wheel of a car while intoxicated or engaging in promiscuous sex with a stranger from a bar
- Developing a tolerance over time, meaning more alcohol will be required in order for the same effects to be produced
- Withdrawal symptoms upon ceased use
One of the most devastating consequences of alcohol abuse is the potential to overdose. Alcohol poisoning is a very real problem, one that claims hundreds of lives on an annual basis. At Pine Tree Recovery Center, we treat men and women of all ages who have been suffering at the hands of alcohol dependence so that they never have to undergo the physical and psychological devastating effects of alcohol overdose. If you or someone close to you has been battling an alcohol use disorder and needs help to quit, simply give us a call today to discuss viable treatment options.