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Alcohol Dependence and Abuse

In the UK, one of the most common addictions is alcoholism. There are severe problems that can be caused by alcoholism and since taking alcohol is accepted socially, many people tend to be in denial about their addiction.


Understanding Alcohol

Alcohol is legal and it is often referred to as 'Dutch Courage' as it reduces inhibitions and anxiety. In addition, it has a wide range of effects from lack of coordination to slurred speech.


Everyone is not an alcoholic, but those people whose life is adversely affected by alcohol and they drink on regular basis and have alcohol disorder. There are many forms of alcohol including hard Alcohol, wine and beer.


Dependency On Beer

As an alcoholic drink, beer is mostly made from water, barley, hops and yeast. In comparison with wine and hard Alcohol, beer frequently has the littlest alcohol content by volume (ABV).


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 exceed the legal driving limit, it usually takes most people 2 to 3 beers.

Beer has become equivalent with some activities in British lifestyle. 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.

The rise of small independent brewers has promoted beer drinking as the in thing especially with the home brewers coming up with new flavors and tastes all the time. The high amount of alcohol is the worst side effect of the craft beer revolution as the amount of alcohol is 11 or 12 percent which is much greater than amount present in common domestic draft.

Anyone who drinks beer whether only at social gatherings or only those who take only craft beer is at risk of becoming an alcoholic addict. 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. If you have addiction to beer, seek assistance today.


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Wine Addiction And Abuse

The juice fruits like grapes, pomegranates and berries when it's fermented become wine. It has many flavors and typically it is white and red in color.


Merlot, Cabernet, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel are some of red wines and Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Riesling and Moscato are some of white wines. The type of grapes used will determine the variety.

Wine has a more concentrated quantity of alcohol in comparison to beer. Normally 5 oz of wine is equal in alcohol amount to 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. It's classed as a "high-class" drink so it may be more difficult to see when someone has an issue.

64 percent of those drinking wine in the UK are women and wine companies craft their adverts towards women to woo them to drink more. Due to these stats it may be said that women are more prone to abuse of wine than men. Men do get addicted to wine too. Should you find, you are drinking more wine than normal, or know someone who is, especially when facing some stressful situations or feeling weak, there could be an underlying problem that is the cause. Seek help to combat wine dependency.


Alcohol Addiction And Abuse

Alcoholic beverages such as whiskey, gin, vodka and rum are also known as spirits. As having a higher ABV than beer or wine, spirits are frequently combined with sodas, juices or water. A standard single measure of spirit is 25ml. When Alcohol is consumed neat or as a shot, it's not mixed with other drinks. Mixing alcohol with soda can result in faster intoxication since carbonation increases the rate at which alcohol is absorbed in the blood. The shots however have less liquid in them, and this makes them easier to drink in large amounts without realizing it is leading to abuse and drunkenness.

A lot of veteran drinkers combine different drinks with particular sensations of intoxication. This however hasn't been proven scientifically with studies showing that the kind of drink consumed doesn't result in different effects. In a social background in which an alcoholic drink is ingested might affect the drinker's consciousness of their own intoxication. A person having a glass of wine during supper is more probable to mention feeling exhausted and joyous, whilst tequila shots at a high-energy party may create an immensely distinct type of intoxication.

A person who feels like they can't start or finish their day without a particular drink is likely to be suffering from serious alcohol use disorder. There is a high potential for addiction regardless of the kind of alcoholic drink being consumed. It is time to seek help for your alcohol addiction.


What Is Binge Drinking

Men who drink more than five alcoholic drinks in a two-hour period, and women who drink more than four are classified as binge drinkers; they are considered risk drinkers. A non addicted binge drinker may be able to stop drinking on their own. It may be that a person addicted to alcohol may want to stop drinking but they are unable to do it without serious help. If binge drinking starts to become more frequent and for longer there is a much greater chance of alcoholism.


Immediate Effects Of Alcohol

Alcohol as a central nervous system (CNS) depressant, it suppresses mental and bodily processes. With the first sip of alcohol the user may feel a decrease in stress and anxiety. With the use can be social lubricant, the individual will feel less worried about how they are seen by people and feel trust to meet with new people.

It is difficult to identify between the normal use and abuse because the alcohol is not illegal and is broadly consumed in UK society. When alcohol causes harmful actions, its consumption has then become abuse. Negative effects of taking alcohol may include:

  • Illness or physical harm
  • Relationship problems
  • Work problems
  • Money problems

It turns into addiction when the usage increases.


Alcohol Dependency

Alcoholism is when the person has an inability to stop drinking and the craving is such that even serious health issues or marriage problems are not enough for them to quit. An alcoholic addict will display the following; over-drinking, failing to control or stop drinking, always needing more than before to get drunk, going through withdrawal symptoms when they miss a drink, neglecting responsibilities so they can drink, and spending money intended for other purposes on alcohol. You can find out if you have an alcohol problem by taking our quiz.


High-Functioning Alcoholics

There is a particular group of alcoholism popular as high-functioning alcohol addiction. A person who is able to work or continue with their personal life and work without them being affected by their drinking problem is called a high-functioning alcoholic.


It is estimated that nearly half of alcoholics are High-Functioning Alcoholics. Attorneys, professors, and medical professionals form the bigger part of this group.


When a person confront serious Alcohol related results, than they find it is because of high-functioning alcoholism. The risk of high-functioning alcoholism is that it may carry on for an extended period without the individual admitting they have an issue.


Mixing Alcohol And Other Drugs

Since it is so typical in today's society, alcohol is frequently abused in company 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.


Alcohol Abuse And Addiction In Numbers

Get Treatment For Alcohol Addiction Today

You are not alone in the treatment process. Some people find it difficult to fight with alcohol addiction or hard to quit alcohol on their own. For providing help there are many treatment centers, experts and support groups. A rehabilitation that focuses on treating alcohol addiction can greatly improve your odds of recovery. Sign up at a rehabilitation center today on 0800 246 1509.