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Alcohol Dependence and Abuse

The highest number of addicts in the UK are addicted to alcohol. Alcohol consumption is accepted as a social pastime and can often lead to the alcoholic becoming delusional about the amount that they consume.


Understanding Alcohol

Alcohol is a substance that lowers inhibitions and anxiety and is a controlled substance. There are many side effects including lack of coordination, slurred speech and vomiting.


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. It has been used in many types of drinks like beer, Alcohol and wine.


Beer Addiction And Abuse

Usually made from barley, water, yeast and hops, beer is an alcoholic drink. The alcohol content by volume (ABV) in beer is lower than that found in wine or hard Alcohol.


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

In the British culture, beer accepted as an integral part of the activities. Drinking games on college grounds, happy hours are the activity for workers and it would be extremely difficult to find an event without alcohol.

Many people have taken to brewing their own beer at home and in microbreweries as craft beer has steadily risen in popularity bringing in new flavors. The downside of beers brewed by the pub are that they are often higher in alcohol volume.

The ones who drink alcohol while at a social activity or just consume craft beer are also exposed to an alcohol use disorder. 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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Dependency On Wine

Wine is made up of fermented grapes and many fruits like pomegranates or berries. Wine can be either white, red or rose.


The most common white wines in the UK are Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio, while the most popular reds are Merlot, Shiraz and Pinot Noir. The different varieties are based on the grapes used.

Wine has more alcohol in a given quantity compared to beer. 5 oz. of wine has the same alcohol content as 12 oz. of beer. Wine is taken as a compliment during dinner or an accompaniment to gourmet cheese and crackers. Wine is considered as a classy drink so it can be difficult to know or detect that someone has a problem.

64% of women in the UK drink wine as opposed to 33% of men. 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. When you or someone you love has been ingesting wine more often than expected or making use of it to avoid anxiety or depressive sensations, it may mean a deeper problem at play. If you are seeking help with a wine drinking problem get help today.


Addiction And Abuse Of Alcohol

Alcohol is used as umbrella term for intense alcoholic drinks like tequila, vodka, gin, rum and whiskey. Sports have a higher alcohol content than wine or beer and are often mixed with soft drinks, water or juice. A standard single measure of spirit is 25ml. When it isn't combined with other drinks, alcohol is ingested as a shot or "neat." Carbonation accelerates the digestion of alcohol into the bloodstream, so drinking Alcohol combined with soda may provoke a faster intoxication. 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. It is an ongoing debate which science is yet to settle whether alcohol affects all those who consume it the same way no matter the type of drink they take. Depending on the social circumstances where the alcohol is consumed could make the drinker lose the perception of how drunk they are. Drinking a glass of wine at home with dinner could have the effect of comfort and contentment while drinking a few Tequila shots in a buzzing nightclub will have a different type of feeling.

Alcohol has a severe impacts on regular drinkers that they can't think to begin their day without a sip of alcohol or end up their day without a sip of vodka. Any type of alcohol drinking has intense reactions. It is time to seek help for your alcohol addiction.


Understanding Binge Drinking

A subdivision of problem drinkers, binge drinkers are men that ingest five or more alcoholic beverages or women that drink four or more drinks during a period of two hours. A person who binge drinks only on occasion may be able to stop themselves. A person who is addicted to alcohol may not be able to stop without assistance from someone else even if they want to. In some circumstances, extended binge drinking may result in alcoholism.


Immediate Effects Of Alcohol

Alcohol is a depressant and affects the Central Nervous System (CNS) which slows down the brain and the bodies processes. From the very first alcoholic drink consumption the drinker may have a sense of calm as feelings of stress start to disappear. It is frequently showed off as a social lubricant, which means that drinkers are more probable to feel determination in meeting someone new and not so worried about they are observed by others.

The legality of drinking alcohol and its availability has made it the line thin in determining when one is drinking it within acceptable limits and when one is abusing it. The negative consequences of alcohol usage is what makes it abuse. Part of the negative complications of alcohol use are:

  • Illness and physical harm
  • Stressful relationships
  • Work problems
  • Financial problems

Alcohol abuse can quickly turn into addiction if it occurs often.


Alcohol Addiction

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. Desire to quit drinking but unable to do so, become tolerant to alcohol, drinking more than you think, experiencing the withdrawal signs when not drinking, overlooking and forgetting the responsibilities at home or work and wasting time in search of alcohol and drinking are the main symptoms of alcohol obsession. If you think you have a problem take the quiz.


High-Functioning Alcoholics

There are people classified as high-functioning alcoholics. The ones who are high-functioning alcohol addicts are able to keep their addiction from disturbing their professional and particular lives.


A New York Times article supposed that about half of all alcohol addicts are high-functioning alcoholics. The majority of high-functioning alcoholism are lawyers, professors and doctors.


Until the time when they'll face a serious problem due to alcohol use, high-functioning alcoholics rarely see their alcohol use as a problem. A person may fail to be aware that they are a high functioning alcoholic for many years and this can be very dangerous.


Alcohol And Other Drugs

Alcohol is acceptable in our culture and can therefore often be abused along side other drugs. 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. 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.


Statistics Of Alcohol Abuse And Addiction

Find Help For Alcohol Addiction Now

There are people to help you through the process you are not alone. It is a challenging task to try and stop taking alcohol on your own. There are a lot of specialists and support groups created to get you the assistance you need. With the help of devoted treatment centers, give yourself a chance for recovery. Contact one now on 0800 246 1509.