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Abuse And Addiction of Alcohol

Alcohol abuse has the highest number of addicts in the UK. The social approval of drinking may frequently result to denial - and, when isn't treated, serious complications.


Understanding Alcohol

Alcohol is legal and it is often referred to as 'Dutch Courage' as it reduces inhibitions and anxiety. It create various symptoms like lack of coordination and indistinct speech.


An alcoholic is not the same as a heavy drinker, an alcoholic is someone who has a physical desire to drink alcohol beyond their capability which has a negative effect on their life. It has been used in many types of drinks like beer, Alcohol and wine.


Beer Dependence And Abuse

Usually made from barley, water, yeast and hops, beer is an alcoholic drink. The alcohol content by volume (ABV) in beer is lower than that found in wine or hard Alcohol.


Normally these beers are consumed (Budweiser, Coors Light, Miller Lite, Corona, Busch, etc), it ranges from 2 to 12 percent but now decreases from 4 to 6 percent. To be within the legal drinking limit but not be allowed to drive, takes most people 2 to 3 beers.

In the British culture, beer accepted as an integral part of the activities. Beer is present in most sporting events, there are many drinking games in colleges that involve beer and many professionals would loath to miss out on happy hour.

Microbreweries are becoming popular and is where the drinking establishment brews their own beer. One bad effect of the craft beer innovation is that beers can have a considerably quantity of alcohol than the normal domestic draft - many may be as high as 11% or 12%.

The ones who drink alcohol while at a social activity or just consume craft beer are also exposed to an alcohol use disorder. A sign that you may have a problem is that you keep drinking even when everyone around you has stopped or you feel the need to drink in awkward or boring situations. Seek help today for your beer addiction.


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Dependency And Abuse Of Wine

Wine is an alcoholic drink made from fermented grapes. Wine comes in various flavors and is usually either red or white.


In the white wine category, we have Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Riesling and Moscato while the red kinds include: Merlot, Cabernet, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel. The different varieties are based on the grapes used.

It has more intense quantity of alcohol as compared to beer. 5 oz. of wine has the same alcohol content as 12 oz. of beer. Wine is often drunk on it's own but is popular to drink with food and depending on the food will depend on the colour of wine to drink. As wine is considered a stylish beverage and therefore, more difficult to spot if someone is abusing it.

As being 64% of wine drinkers in the UK, women are frequently the main audience in advertising campaigns to promote wine. This means that there are more women with wine use disorder in the UK. Men can also have a problem with wine abuse. There is a major problem with those people who are using and drinking wine excessively to fight with stress and anxiety. Seek help to combat wine dependency.


Alcohol Abuse And Dependency

Alcoholic beverages such as whiskey, gin, vodka and rum are also known as spirits. Sports have a higher alcohol content than wine or beer and are often mixed with soft drinks, water or juice. The normal size of a spirit is 25ml. When it isn't combined with other drinks, alcohol is ingested as a shot or "neat." Spirits that have a carbonated mixer will be absorbed into the bloodstream faster and therefore the drinker will become intoxicated more quickly. Drinking shots can lead to a higher consumption of alcohol as they are easier to consume due to the small amount of liquid.

People who have been drinking alcohol for a long time claim that different drinks cause different forms of intoxication. This however hasn't been proven scientifically with studies showing that the kind of drink consumed doesn't result in different effects. The drinker's perception may however be affected by the setting in which they are consuming the alcohol. Drinking a glass of wine at home with dinner could have the effect of comfort and contentment while drinking a few Tequila shots in a buzzing nightclub will have a different type of feeling.

Some alcohol dependents cannot get out of bed without first taking a shot of vodka while others cannot sleep without a glass of whiskey. No matter what type of alcohol is consumed the risk of addiction is the same. Look for help with an alcohol addiction today.


What Is Binge Drinking

Binge drinkers are women who drink four alcoholic drinks over a two-hour time span while men drink five or more drinks. A person who binge drinks only on occasion may be able to stop themselves. A person who is addicted to alcohol may not be able to stop without assistance from someone else even if they want to. Repeated binging over a long time may become an alcohol dependency.


Alcohol Immediate Effects

Alcohol is a depressant and affects the Central Nervous System (CNS) which slows down the brain and the bodies processes. A person may feel less stressed or anxious when they have their first drink. Alcohol can make a person more confident when interacting with other people and less worried about their perception and this is why alcohol is normally referred to as social lubricant.

It is difficult to identify between the normal use and abuse because the alcohol is not illegal and is broadly consumed in UK society. If the situation where the person is drinking alcohol becomes negative then it can be considered as alcohol abuse. Part of the negative complications of alcohol use are:

  • Physical harm or sickness
  • Causing relationship problems
  • Having problems at work
  • Financial problems

Addiction abuse becomes addiction when it escalates in frequency.


Addicted To Alcohol

Alcohol addiction, also called as alcoholism, is notable by a strong desire for alcohol and the failure to quit drinking - even if it results in severe individual or social harm. Frequent drinking of more alcohol than intended, being unable to stop - even if you want to, building up a tolerance to alcohol, drinking alone and first thing in the morning, the inability to put anything else first and always looking for a time and place to have a drink are all signs of alcohol addiction. You can find out if you have an alcohol problem by taking our quiz.


High-Functioning Alcoholics

There are people classified as high-functioning alcoholics. The high-functioning drinker have the ability to stay the Alcohol abuse from their personal and professional lives.


It was approximated that nearly half of alcoholics fall into this group by an article in the new York times. Attorneys, professors, and medical professionals form the bigger part of this group.


Until the time when they'll face a serious problem due to alcohol use, high-functioning alcoholics rarely see their alcohol use as a problem. A high-functioning alcoholic can live with the problem for a long time without realizing they are alcoholics.


Alcohol And Other Drugs

In today's world, it is normal to see alcohol being taken in combination with other drugs. Alcohol is a CNS depressant and when combined with other drugs like benzodiazepines and other painkillers then there is a chance of danger. It can be quite deadly to mix alcohol with other drugs even though it is important to note that alcohol is still dangerous on its own.


Statistics Of Alcohol Abuse And Addiction

Get Help For An Addiction To Alcohol

You do not have to suffer through recovery on your own. Some people find it difficult to fight with alcohol addiction or hard to quit alcohol on their own. Many therapists and support groups specializing in helping people fighting alcoholism are there to assist. Contact a treatment centre and get help from their dedicated staff. Sign up at a rehabilitation center today on 0800 246 1509.