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Alcohol Dependence and Abuse

In the UK Alcohol addiction is very common. Drinking alcohol may lead to refusal and have extreme results.


Understanding Alcohol

Alcohol affects the body by depressing the brain sensory nerves that make one anxious and shy; though legal, alcohol is among the controlled substances. It create various symptoms like lack of coordination and indistinct speech.


Many people drink alcohol, and they are not considered addicts, those who fall under the category of abusers are those whose life has been changed negatively since they started taking alcohol. Alcohol is taken as a drink and can be found in many forms such as beer, wine and spirits.


Beer Abuse And Addiction

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).


The ABV of beer ranges between 2 and 12 percent; the most common types of beer including Budweiser, Coors, Light, Miller, Lite, Corona, Busch all have an ABV between 4 and 6 percent. The alcohol driving limit is different for each person but on average it can be anything from 2 - 3 beers.

In British culture, beer is synonymous in numerous activities. College students get involved in drinking games and competitions and these games often revolve around Happy Hours and drinking is a key part of many sporting events.

The increase of craft beer has made the consumption of beer something more contemporary, with microbreweries and house brewers getting to the limit on the types of brand-new taste can be brought in. 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. One of the signs of alcohol abuse is when an individual consumes alcohol in every bore or bumpy situation or when others stop using or drinking alcohol. Seek help today for your beer addiction.


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Abuse And Addiction Of Wine

The juice fruits like grapes, pomegranates and berries when it's fermented become wine. Usually it's sold as white or red wine with a range of taste profiles.


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 various wines are based on the type of grape they are made from.

It has more intense quantity of alcohol as compared 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.

Wine adverts tend to target women and in the UK, 64 percent of wine drinkers are women. Due to this, women might be extremely prone to a use disorder. Although women are more susceptible to a use disorder, either gender may develop issues with wine. You need to consider the possibility that there may be a problem if you or someone you know has been drinking more wine than usual or consuming wine to deal with anxiousness or depression. If you are struggling with a wine addiction, you can get help today.


Alcohol Abuse And Dependency

Hard alcoholic drinks or spirits such as whiskey, vodka, rum, gin and tequila are usually referred to as alcohol. Spirits are often mixed with soda, juices and water and has more ABV than wine or beer. The normal size of a spirit is 25ml. A small amount of alcohol is called a shot or neat when taken without mixing with water or soda. 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. No matter what type of alcohol is consumed the risk of addiction is the same. If you're suffering from alcohol addiction, get help today.


Understanding Binge Drinking

Binge drinkers are women who drink four alcoholic drinks over a two-hour time span while men drink five or more drinks. Someone who only binges drinks once in awhile may be in control and can stop with no problem. Sometimes the users may find it difficult to quit alcohol without any type of help. If binge drinking starts to become more frequent and for longer there is a much greater chance of alcoholism.


The Results Of Alcohol Consumption

Alcohol reduces the mental and bodily process because it is central nervous system (CNS) opiate. With the initial drink of beverage, people might notice a reduction in sensations of nervousness or stress. The reason alcohol is also known as a social lubricant is that shy users suddenly develop boldness to socialize and often will not mind what others think about them.

It is difficult to identify between the normal use and abuse because the alcohol is not illegal and is broadly consumed in UK society. The negative consequences of alcohol usage is what makes it abuse. Adverse Results of alcohol abuse:

  • Illness or physical harm
  • Strained relationships
  • Having problems at work
  • Money difficulties

If one continues to abuse alcohol, they soon develop a dependency.


Alcohol Dependency

Being addicted to alcohol or alcoholism results in the uncontrollable need to take alcohol and the failure to quit drinking even when faced with danger to themselves or others. 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. If you think you have a problem take the 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 was approximated that nearly half of alcoholics fall into this group by an article in the new York times. Many top professionals including doctors and lawyers make up this number.


High-functioning alcoholics barely identify they have an issue once they deal with serious alcohol-related situations. The problem can be that this type of alcoholic can continue drinking in the same way for many years without realising they have a problem.


The Mix Of Alcohol With Other Drugs

Alcohol is used with other drugs and it is very common nowadays. When alcohol which is a CNS depressant is mixed with others of the CNS class like benzoa and pain relievers, it becomes an extremely dangerous combination. Alone, alcohol is dangerous enough but when mixed with other substances, its potency becomes deadly.


Statistics Of Alcohol Abuse And Addiction

Get Help For An Addiction To Alcohol

You are not alone in the treatment process. It is a challenging task to try and stop taking alcohol on your own. For providing help there are many treatment centers, experts and support groups. With the assistance of a committed medical care center, your possibilities of achieving full recuperation will increase. Sign up at a rehabilitation center today on 0800 246 1509.