Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol abuse is considered to be the direct predecessor of alcoholism, and is defined as a constant preoccupation with drinking to the detriment of many other things in one's life. Untreated excessive alcohol consumption usually leads to dependency and can take root relatively quickly depending upon an individual's biological predisposition and life circumstances. Self-awareness and moderation are two of the most powerful weapons against the onset of alcohol abuse. In every instance of alcoholism, the individual always starts by exhibiting an unhealthy and ill-advised pattern of abuse. Often during this period, the person starts to surround themselves with people who engage in similar behavior and isolate themselves from those who don't wish to make drinking a regular part of their lives. They will exhibit little worry toward the rest of things in their life that are failing apart due to their drinking. Over time their behavior will manifest into a dependency, during which the body grows to expect a regular and ample supply of alcohol to properly function.

Signs of Alcohol Abuse

There are certain behavioral red flags of which friends and loved one of suspected alcohol abusers should be mindful. These include a variety of physical, psychological and behavioral signs, including but not limited to:

  • Decrease in professional or academic performance
  • Frequent headaches
  • Deceptive and clandestine behavior
  • Oversleeping
  • Drinking more than was initially intended at parties or social occasions
  • Use of alcohol in physically dangerous or inappropriate situations
  • Frequent legal problems due to alcohol
  • Loss of appetite
  • Constant fatigue

If someone you know is displaying the above symptoms, or any others you think might be related to an alcoholism or abuse problem, get involved now—chances are, they can use all the love and support possible.

Causes of Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol abuse has numerous triggers and causes. Below are some of the more popular circumstances through which individuals tend to develop a drinking problem, and measures one take to avoid doing so.

  • Genetic Predisposition: Best mitigated by awareness of family history and knowledge of one’s limitations.
  • Trauma/Depression/Anxiety: Best handled by adequate counseling and proper clinical treatment by a mental health professional.
  • Social Pressure and Learned Behaviors: Commonly exhibited among juvenile alcohol abusers, this is best avoided by avoiding situations where an excess of alcohol is present or exhibiting the education and awareness to refuse when offered.

Individuals are also deeply affected if either of their parents is an alcoholic. In response to growing up in a house where alcoholism was the norm, people usually go one of two ways, either becoming staunch anti-drinkers or alcoholics themselves. Alcohol-fueled domestic violence has also been known to span generations.

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Alcoholism treatment should never be attempted in your home or without medical supervision at a professional licensed treatment facility.