What is Alcohol Dependence?
A dependency to alcohol, otherwise known as ‘alcoholism’, is a chronic form of a drinking problem and is described as an uncontrollable and irrational desire to drink.
Drinking in your day to day life will play an important role in the lead up to alcohol dependency. Heavy drinkers will build up a physical tolerance to it and will experience severe withdrawal symptoms should they try to stop.
There are many different levels of the dependency and many do not take excessive amounts of alcohol to become dependent. There are, in many cases, individuals that class themselves as ‘casual drinkers’, they will have a drink after work so as to unwind or feel the ‘need’ to share a bottle of wine with their partner most nights of the week. This may seem harmless, do not be fooled, you could be seriously affecting your long-term health.
Now the dependency to alcohol really begins to take effect. You may find it extremely difficult to relax or enjoy a social situation without having a drink, this may be a sign you have developed a psychological dependency to alcohol. Physical dependency will follow, these can include certain withdrawal symptoms such as; sweating, shaking, and nausea if your blood alcohol levels get too low.
Fortunately, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Alcoholism is one of the addictions with a relatively high recovery rate. Studies have found that individuals who follow the program provided to them by the rehabilitation centre, tended to live healthier, happier, and have built their lives from the ground up.
If you or a loved one is suffering from a dependency to alcohol do not wait for help to come to you, go to help. At Step One Recovery we can provide you with the tools necessary to begin to rebuild your life, contact us today for more information.