Casual Drinker or Full Blown Alcoholic?

Do you drink alcohol once or twice a week? Maybe a glass of wine at the end of the day to ease the stress from your job. There is a difference between being just a casual drinker and actually having a problem. It’s important to know when it’s time to realize that you might need to start taking the steps towards an alcohol treatment plan.

 

Crossing the line of addiction

There’s a reason that alcohol is by far the most popular drug of choice. Some people wouldn’t even consider it a drug because of how socially acceptable it is to just “have a drink”. That’s why people barely pay attention to the signs of mild alcohol withdrawal

All over the world, alcohol is used to ease the hard times of a stressful job, make friends, or just take the weight off your shoulders for a few hours.

But, it’s important to understand whether you’re drinking casually and when you might have a full blown addiction.

 

Honesty Is The Best Policy

You may not even realize that you’re experiencing alcohol withdrawal. We have come up with a series of questions you should seriously consider asking yourself if you want to find out whether your drinking has become a problem.

When answering them, you really need to be honest with yourself, otherwise, you would end up just doing more harm than good.

Remember, you are only cheating yourself if you aren’t 100% honest to yourself.

 

Questions To Ask Yourself To Find Out If You Might Have An Alcohol Problem

Find a place where you can sit down, gather your thoughts, really concentrate on how you are feeling at this moment in time, and answer these questions as honest as possible. There is a certain power you get from actually writing your thoughts down on paper.

It’s important that you write this out because it will help you externalize the internal thoughts you are having about your drinking. By the time you finish writing out your answers to this short questionnaire, you should have a good idea on whether it’s time to find an alcohol treatment plan.

  1. Do you find yourself drinking more than you planned to?
  2. Have you tried quitting before and were unsuccessful in your attempt?
  3. Does it take more alcohol to give you the same feeling?
  4. Has your drinking caused you to experience any health problems?
  5. Have you quit certain hobbies you used to enjoy?
  6. Do you miss work or other duties because of your drinking?
  7. How much time do you spend every week on drinking?
  8. Do you experience cravings for alcohol?
  9. Have your relationships with your family and friends become negatively affected because of alcohol?
  10. Does your drinking put you in scenarios that could be dangerous?

After answering these series of questions, you might begin to experience emotions that you might have tried to keep away from your conscience. It’s important to realize when you might need professional help.

 

What Is Alcohol Withdrawal?

Alcohol withdrawal is a serious issue and is a determining factor as to whether your drinking needs to stop. There is a difference between alcohol withdrawal and a hangover. Being hungover the day after a night of drinking is simply due to being dehydrated.

Alcohol withdrawal on the other hand, is experienced because of the way your brain has become dependent on alcohol.

Most people drink alcohol because it helps them relax and relieves anxiety. Alcohol provides this by increasing the effects of GABA in your brain. This is a neurotransmitter that is responsible for creating the feelings of calmness, happiness, and euphoria. GABA is also known for the downregulation of glutamate which, is another neurotransmitter that can cause you to feel excessively anxious.

 

Signs of Mild Alcohol Withdrawal

The American Psychiatric Association (AMA) has come up with a series of symptoms to determine if you have mild, moderate, or severe alcohol dependence.

Their most recent edition of AMA’s “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual Of Mental Disorders” has distinguished the mild, moderate, or severe symptoms by:

  • Mild alcohol withdrawal – the person is exhibiting two or three of the symptoms listed below.
  • Moderate alcohol withdrawal – the person is exhibiting four of five of the symptoms.
  • Severe alcohol withdrawal – the person has six or more of the symptoms.

These symptoms from AMA’s “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual Of Mental Disorders” are as follows:

  • Needing to drink more alcohol in order to feel the same effect
  • Failing at attempts to control drinking
  • Changes in daily routine due to the effects of alcohol
  • The feeling of withdrawal symptoms whenever alcohol consumption comes to a stop
  • Unable to control the amount of alcohol that is consumed as well as the length of time of said drinking
  • Failed relationships with loved ones due to alcohol consumption
  • The continuation of drinking resulting in increasingly difficult success in work, school, or home responsibilities
  • Drinking alcohol in dangerous situations

 

The “DT’s”

The DT’s aka Delirium Tremens, is the feeling of tremors and excessive shaking when your body is used to regular alcohol and you suddenly stop.

If you are a heavy drinker and stopped drinking, you aren’t suppressing the two neurotransmitters mentioned above but, your body is overcompensating with glutamate and not producing enough GABA.

Because of this, you start to feel shaky, more anxious, and restless. It can even get to the point where you start to have very high blood pressure and even seizures.

 

A Plan of Action

There are several ways to battle your alcohol dependence. You’ve probably heard it before but, the first step to to treating your alcohol addiction is the desire to stop. When first getting started, it’s very important to develop the actual willingness to stop.

Many people who have an alcohol problem won’t be able to start the process of treating it unless they are aware that they have a problem. That’s why early detection and paying attention to the signs of mild alcohol withdrawal are so important. Getting started is where people tend to get stuck so this is one of the most important steps to conquer.

Once you have the desire and willingness to stop drinking, there are a series of ways to detox your body and flush out the alcohol.

To leave off on a good alcohol treatment plan, just know that the cure of alcohol dependence boils down to 4 simple phases that anyone can go through.

  1. Getting started – having the willingness to stop.
  2. Detoxing – stopping the use of alcohol
  3. Active treatment – 12-step programs and other programs you can find more about –
  4. Maintaining sobriety

Just remember, taking it one step at a time will make it feel like a walk in the park. Call 8885376671 today or just contact us online. We’re looking forward to helping you change your life for the better.

Signs of mild alcohol withdrawal.