Around the world, alcohol abuse is a problem that either directly or indirectly causes two million deaths each year. Millions more lose their health, their families, their jobs or just the joy of living.
One of the difficulties with eliminating alcohol abuse is its legality. Drinking itself is not illegal in nearly all the countries of the world. Being a little or a lot drunk is acceptable or even normal in many cultures. In other cultures, there are specific times and places when moderate drunkenness is considered usual, for example, in Western cultures at sporting events, New Year's Eve parties, college campus parties and twenty-first birthday outings.
Signs and symptoms of a problem with alcohol abuse may be overlooked or condoned by friends and co-workers until the damage starts to become obvious. For family members and close friends, the damage is probably apparent far sooner.
If you are wondering if a person is abusing alcohol or if they have progressed to alcoholism, here is what you can look for.
- Alcohol consumption interferes with work, school or other activities because of being hung over or sick
- The person will drink despite knowing he or she will be driving, boating or doing something else that would be risky when impaired
- There are memory losses or blackouts
- There are accidents or injuries after drinking
- The person drinks even though there are physical conditions that would be worsened by drinking.
Abuse progresses to addiction when the following signs show up:
- The person can't control how much or when he or she drinks
- He needs to take in more alcohol to get the same buzz as before
- Withdrawal symptoms set in when alcohol consumption is stopped. He or she may feel sick, sweaty, shaky and anxious
- The person gives up other activities he or she used to enjoy, so that he can drink
- A lot of time is spent either drinking or recovering
- Even though there is harm to career, education, family or other relationships, the person still drinks.
- The person drinks early in the day, stays drunk for a long time, or drinks alone
- He tries to conceal his drinking and makes excuses
- She consistently relies on alcohol to relieve stress or solve problems
- The drinker would like to quit drinking but despite repeated attempts, still drinks
- Alcohol becomes a focal point in life, the drinker must always make sure there is enough on hand, and social activities will nearly always include drinking.
These symptoms of alcohol abuse and alcoholism are warning signs that damage is being accumulated, whether to health, mind, relationships, legal situations or life in general. Overlooking the signs of abuse can well pave the road for addiction to follow. But as soon as person loses control of his drinking, there is no telling where that dwindling spiral may end. It could end in illness, incarceration, destruction of the family or outright death.
The highest rates of alcohol-related deaths occur in Russia and neighboring countries, where 20 percent of deaths among males are related to their alcohol consumption. Alcohol deaths among women are much lower. In China, South and Central American and Eastern European countries, between 5 percent and 10 percent of all deaths are related to alcohol use. Cirrhosis of the liver is the biggest killer of both men and women, followed by traffic accidents.
To find help for someone who cannot control his or her drinking, contact Narconon today. The Narconon program guides each recovering person through repair of the damage done by addiction and through the learning steps needed to develop sober living skills.
The Narconon New Life Detoxification Program is an essential part of each person's recovery. Each person exercises moderately, consumes a strict nutritional regimen and spends time in a low-heat sauna. This combination enables the body to flush out old, lodged toxins left behind from drug use or drinking. The result is clearer thinking and fewer cravings - or none, as reported by those completing this step.
Find help for someone who is abusing or addicted to alcohol today at Narconon. Call 1-800-775-8750 today.