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Alcohol Addiction - How To Identify It?

Alcohol Addiction - How To Identify It?

Alcohol consumption is a common problem in our society. Ranging from economic issues, to strained relationships, to neglect, to abuse, it can lead to multiple problems. The key point is that in many people, it may go completely unnoticed. While different people could have different tolerance levels, there are some definitions to qualify someone as having ‘alcohol problem'.

Alcohol consumption resulting in blood alcohol levels of 0.08 or more; some men might need about five drinks and women might need four drinks to reach this level. When any individual is compelled to drink up to five drinks on a day regularly, it is considered to be a problem.

Symptoms

If you are suspecting that your friend or relative could be having a potential drinking problem, look out for the following symptoms:

  1. Constant, strong craving for drinking
  2. Unable to control their urge to drink alcohol
  3. Inability to succeed in efforts to reduce or stop alcohol usage
  4. Drinking more than the intended quantity on most occasions
  5. Spending extra effort in terms of time and money to lay their hands on alcohol
  6. Strained relationships at work or at home
  7. Health issues including liver failure, poor overall health, intestinal problems, etc.
  8. Failure to see that their health (physical and emotional) is affected by drinking
  9. Failure to acknowledge that there is a drinking problem (denial mode)
  10. Stealing or lying in an attempt to get money for alcohol
  11. Being violent towards spouse or children or even strangers to get alcohol and/or money for alcohol
  12. Not very reliable in assigning tasks or fulfilling responsibilities
  13. Ability to hold more than their regular quantity of drinks, over a period of time, capacity to tolerate more alcohol
  14. Constantly seen in the company of people who enjoy alcohol

What should you tell your friend/relative?

Admit the problem

  • Stay away from people who drink with you or encourage you to drink
  • Space out drinks, drink with food, and drink enough water as it will reduce the amount of alcohol getting into the body
  • Involve close friends and family for emotional support
  • Enroll for a detox program
  • Get into exercise, sports, photography which are both creative and productive ways to improve your quality of recreation and life

I'm 37 year old alcoholic. Alwaythere is always something going on in my mind. Thinking too much. I also get angry a lot. Wanted to do business so I left the job but unfortunately business couldn't be start. With a lot of difficulty, we have got the job again on the half package. Because of this, there is more tension. Looks like i'll go crazy.

Hello and welcome to Lybrate. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice. Quitting alcohol is the best medicine for your present problems. I suggest telephonic counseling and online psychotherapy for you. You can contact me for further advice and treatment options. Let me know if I can assist you further. Take care.
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How To Deal With Addiction?

How To Deal With Addiction?

Alcohol, tobacco and drugs; these are some of the most common substances that people can get addicted to. Getting addicted is easy but to get rid of your habit is hard.

Here are a few things that could help:

  1. Set a date: Addicts who tell themselves that they will quit tomorrow often never end up doing so. Set a date for yourself when you will have your last smoke and drink. Ideally, you should set this date a few weeks from the day you decide to give up your bad habits to allow yourself to be mentally prepared.
  2. Find new friends: Peep pressure is one of the most common reasons for an addiction to begin. Hence, the first thing to do when you are trying to give up a bad habit is to stay away from the people you associate with that habit and make new friends.
  3. Hold yourself accountable to someone: While you can give in to yourself, it is harder to make excuses for doing something when you are being held accountable by someone else. Find a mentor or a friend who will be there for you and who will ‘sponsor’ your deaddiction.
  4. Find your weak spots: Every habit is triggered by certain factors. If you have decided to try and give up a bad habit, identify the factors that trigger it and avoid them. For example, your morning cup of coffee may trigger the need for a cigarette. By replacing coffee with juice, you can make your morning a little easier.
  5. Take up a new hobby: A hobby is a great way to distract yourself from cravings. Crossword puzzles and Sudoku are great as indoor hobbies while swimming is an excellent outdoor hobby. You could even try gardening or crafts.
  6. Exercise: One of the many benefits of exercising is that it can help boost endorphins and make you feel happier and thus less likely to crave cigarettes of alcohol. Aim for at least half an hours exercise each day.
  7. Maintain a journal: Some days are good and some days are bad. To give yourself a balanced view of your deaddiction process, maintain a journal. Write down your achievements as well as your pitfalls and be proud of what you have achieved for yourself.
  8. Help someone else: The best way to learn something is to teach it to someone else. Similarly, with addiction, the best way to be strong and give up a bad habit is to help someone else do it. This way, you are forced to be a good example and give up the habit yourself.
  9. Ask for help: Do not be so proud as to not be able to ask for help when you need it. Remember, it is better to appear weak and ask for help rather than go back to your addiction.
  10. Don’t give up: Relapses are common but they do not have to be the end of your efforts. If you do have a bad day and have a few drags of smoke or maybe a drink, tell yourself that it’s ok. Identify the reasons why you gave in to yourself and start afresh from the next morning.

Treatment through Mindfulness

The practice of mindfulness involves two primary elements: focused attention and open monitoring. During the practice of focused attention, attention is concentrated on a sensory object (often the sensation of breathing) while one acknowledges and then stops from distracting thoughts and emotions. Focused attention practices are often preceded by the practice of open monitoring. Open monitoring is a metacognitive state of awareness in the sense that it involves monitoring the content of consciousness while reflecting back on the process or quality of consciousness itself. This form of mindfulness practice is thought to reduce anxiety to a larger extent.

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Over drinking of alcohol every twice a day and after consuming alcohol I have either veg or non veg and I am gaining fat, I do not get sleep till midnight 2, 3 .and I wake up at 10 am.

Over drinking of alcohol every twice a day and after consuming alcohol I have either veg or non veg and I am gaining ...
You need to do many changes in your lifestyle. As you are just 25, with these habits sooner or later you may have lifestyle problems. First stop drinking (i know its tough but trust me not impossible), second start eating healthy food (most important on time), third your sleep time. In brief follow this 1. Don't take tea empty stomach. Eat something like a banana (if you are not diabetic) or any seasonal fruit or soaked almonds and a glass of water first thing in the morning 2. Don't overeat 3. Take your breakfast every day. Don't skip it. U should eat whatever your mother or grandparent eat in bfast. I mean to say whatever is your traditional food. If punjabi eat paratha, if belongs to south then take idli/ dosa etc. 4. Have light meals every 2 hours (in addition to your breakfast, lunch n dinner) e.g. Nariyal paani, chaach, a handful of dry fruits, a handful of peanuts, seasonal fruit (eat whole fruit not juice), a cup of curd/milk etc 5. Finish your dinner at least 2 hours before going to sleep. Take simple food like rice n dal in dinner. 6. Avoid fast foods n fried foods7. Take a lot of green vegetables n fruit. 8. Drink lot of water9. Everyday preferably sleep on same time 10. Maintain active life styleeating every 2 hours increases basal metabolic rate also. If you follow this over a period of time you will see that your intake of food has decreased now about point no. 10. You should join a gym for weight training. Do it 2-3 times a week with at least 48 hours in between 2 sessions. Other days you can do cardio exercises like yoga, cycling, swimming etc. For further details you can consult me.
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Alcohol - How Can It Impact Us?

Alcohol - How Can It Impact Us?

Alcohol addiction commonly known as alcoholism is a fairly common problem that has shown to affect people from every walk of life. Scientists have tried to pinpoint the absolute cause behind alcoholism, but to no success. Certain factors like sex, genetic, and socioeconomic factors have shown to have some effect on alcoholism. The cause of alcoholism is never singular. Alcohol addiction is indeed a disease, where a person may not have full control over his actions and is seen to change the neurochemistry of the brain.

The symptoms of alcohol addiction can be seen in many ways and the severity of the situation varies from person to person. Other factors such as the frequency of consumption may also be specific. While some people are heavy drinkers and drink throughout the day; others may drink occasionally and remain sober for a few days.

A person who is dependent on alcohol will prioritise drinking over other essential activities and will eventually cause disruption in his social life, work or other areas of his life. It can also create a negative effect in the victim’s life along with their families and their near and dear ones.

What are the signs of alcohol addiction and alcohol abuse?
The signs and symptoms of alcoholism or addiction are rather conspicuous. Since drinking alcohol is common in social events in most cultures around the world, it becomes difficult to recognise when someone is addicted to alcohol, unlike drugs like cocaine and heroin.

The physical signs of alcohol abuse include:

  1. Loss of control over the quantity of alcohol consumed.
  2. Lack of adequate sleep, followed by overcompensation for sleep.
  3. Expression of anger and other negative behaviours my increase in inappropriate places and situations.
  4. Lack of proper attention towards the priorities in life.

How does alcohol affect the body?
Chronic abuse of alcohol can have negative effects on almost every part of your body and plays havoc in your system. Alcohol is liable to cause irreversible damage to several organs of the body which is vital for sustenance:

  • Nervous system
  • Stomach or Intestines
  • Liver
  • Heart
  • Brain

Alcoholism in itself can lead to several diseases like:

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Daily I used to take alcohol recent days, I always feel tired and dehydrated and also I feel pain in my right side of chest below. I need tablet to stop alcohol also I need tablet to stay myself hydrated all times.

Daily I used to take alcohol recent days, I always feel tired and dehydrated and also I feel pain in my right side of...
Hello and welcome to Lybrate. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice. Alcohol consumption is a cause for acidity and indigestion. Quit alcohol. I suggest telephonic counseling and online psychotherapy for you. You can contact me for further advice and treatment options. Let me know if I can assist you further. Take care.
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I want my husband to quit alcohol, but he is not willing to quit, nowadays my mother in law and all family members are also very tensed about him, pls let me know any medicine or any suggestions to let him quit alcohol, divya time mobile.

I want my husband to quit alcohol, but he is not willing to quit, nowadays my mother in law and all family members ar...
He seems to have allergic rashes due to alcohol and it is a type of alcohol intolerance. You have the only option of stopping it. It is a common misbelieve of the common people that there are medicines which if given will stop a person from drinking only strong will power, determination, attending aa meetings and diverting mind when tempted will help you stop alcohol or may need professional help from a psychiatrist or de-addiction centre. Try to do meditation and yoga. Read good books and listen to music and if you are believer attend bhajans. Alcohol causes 7 types of cancer, including breast, mouth and bowel cancers. When you drink alcohol, cancer-causing chemicals are formed. Alcohol also affects hormone levels and makes cells even more likely to be damaged by smoking. The less alcohol you drink, the lower the risk of cancer. No type of alcohol is better or worse than another, it is the alcohol itself that leads to the damage, regardless of whether it is in wine, beer or spirits. And drinking and smoking together are even worse for you. Not everyone who drinks alcohol will develop cancer. But on the whole, scientists have found that some cancers are more common in people who drink more alcohol than others. Every year, alcohol causes 4% of cancers. You can try these tips to cut down on alcohol. There are lots of simple ways to cut down on the amount of alcohol you drink. It can help to work out if there are particular times or situations when you tend to have a drink, whether that’s a bad day at work or a weekly pub quiz tradition, and plan what you’ll say and do differently next time. Have more alcohol-free days a week. For liver health, it’s best to have at least 2 days off alcohol in a row each week. Try agreeing on certain days with your partner or a friend and help each other and stick to it. If you are planning to drink alcohol, decide on a limit in advance and make sure you don’t go over it. Swap every other alcoholic drink for a soft one – starting with your first drink. Try shandy instead of a pint of beer, or swap one for soda and have a spritzer. Don’t stock up on beer, wine or spirits at home. Finish one drink before pouring another, because topping up drinks makes it harder to keep track of how much you’ve had and when you planned to stop. Avoid buying drinks in rounds, that way you don’t have to keep pace with anyone. Tell a friend or partner that you’re cutting down on alcohol, they can support you – or even join you.
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