What are the symptoms of alcoholism?
- A need to drink
- Needing an increasing amount of alcohol to get the same effect (tolerance)
- Drinking alone or drinking in secret
- “Blacking out” – not remembering things you did when you were drinking
- Losing interest in old hobbies and interests
- Feeling guilty about drinking
- Getting angry when others comment on your drinking habits
- Drinking as soon as you wake up
- Having 5 or more drinks per day (for a man) or 4 or more drinks per day (for a woman)
What are the risk factors of alcoholism?
- Drinking over time on a regular basis
- Age – the earlier you start drinking, the more likely you are to develop alcoholism
- Men are more likely to be alcoholics than women
- Family history of alcoholism
- Mental health problems – depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, etc
What are the treatment options for alcoholism?
- Detoxification – sometimes done with the assistance of other medications to alleviate withdrawal symptoms
- Creating a treatment plan – setting goals and changing current behaviors
- Counseling – either individually or with family support, improving your psychological health can prevent a relapse
- Residential rehabilitation – for help with the most serious alcohol problems
- Self-help groups: Alcoholics Anonymous takes you through a 12-step guide to staying sober
What are the withdrawal symptoms of alcoholism?