Alcohol Use and Addiction

Continued alcohol use has the potential to lead to alcohol addiction and dependency.

Alcoholism is a chronic disease which can affect individuals of all ages and create changes in mood and behavior; it can also be the cause of other related health concerns.

 
Overview

The effects of alcohol use may vary between each individual depending on how often the individual drinks, their age, their medical history, and even their family history and genetic background.

Repeated alcohol use may cause::

  • Stroke
  • Cirrhosis of the liver
  • Cancer of the liver
  • High blood pressure
  • Pancreatitis

Alcoholism touches not only the individual but also their friends, acquaintances, family members, and even their employers. It is important to note that this disease is treatable with professional help.

 
Alcohol Withdrawal

It is recommended that an individual withdrawing from alcohol be medically supervised as symptoms may range from mild to severe and last for several days or weeks.

Withdrawal symptoms may include:

  • Sleeplessness
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Shakiness and tremors
  • Headaches
  • Mood swings
  • Nausea
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Seizures
 
Treatment

For individuals with severe alcohol dependency, medically supervised detox is recommended. Treatment for alcoholism includes behavioral therapy and counseling. Support groups and group therapy that focus on the 12-Steps will also aid in long-term recovery.