Alcohol abuse has the highest number of addicts in the UK. Alcohol consumption is accepted as a social pastime and can often lead to the alcoholic becoming delusional about the amount that they consume.
Alcohol is legal and it is often referred to as 'Dutch Courage' as it reduces inhibitions and anxiety. It create various symptoms like lack of coordination and indistinct speech.
It's not because you drink that means you are an alcoholic, however if your life is being affected in a negative way by alcohol on a regular basis, it is seen as an alcohol use disorder. The alcoholic drink may be in the form of beer, wine or hard Alcohol.
Beer Dependence 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. The alcohol driving limit is different for each person but on average it can be anything from 2 - 3 beers.
Britain's drink beer during many social activities. There is hardly a gathering or sporting event in which beer is not involved be it the drinking games in most college campuses or the happy hour for the working class.
Microbreweries are becoming popular and is where the drinking establishment brews their own beer. Some of the craft beers being brewed do have one major problem and that is that they have a higher alcohol content than the average draft with some going as high as 12 percent.
Any alcohol consumption can make the drinker susceptible to alcohol abuse. 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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Dependency On Wine
Fermented grapes and other fruits are the primary source of wine. Usually it's sold as white or red wine with a range of taste profiles.
Merlot, Cabernet, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel are some of red wines and Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Riesling and Moscato are some of white wines. Wine is based on grapes types.
It has more intense quantity of alcohol as compared to beer. 5 oz. of wine has the same alcohol content as 12 oz. of beer. Wine is consumed with crackers and gourmet cheese and also at many parties. Since wine is considered a class or status drink, it is not easy to tell when someone is becoming dependent on it.
As being 64% of wine drinkers in the UK, women are frequently the main audience in advertising campaigns to promote wine. Due to these stats it may be said that women are more prone to abuse of wine than men. However, even men can have a wine drinking problem. It is worth considering if someone you know has been drinking more wine than usual or they have been consuming the drink to get over feelings of depression or anxiety as there could be a problem with drink. Get help for a wine compulsion now.
Reliance On Alcohol
Hard alcoholic drinks or spirits such as whiskey, vodka, rum, gin and tequila are usually referred to as alcohol. As having a higher ABV than beer or wine, spirits are frequently combined with sodas, juices or water. A standard measure of a spirit is 25ml. When Alcohol is consumed neat or as a shot, it's not mixed with other drinks. Spirits that have a carbonated mixer will be absorbed into the bloodstream faster and therefore the drinker will become intoxicated more quickly. There is a higher risk of abuse when taking shots due to the reduced amount of liquid and this can lead to faster drunkenness.
People who have been drinking alcohol for a long time claim that different drinks cause different forms of intoxication. It has been proved through Science that it doesn't matter what type of drink you may have, the alcohol create same effect is everyone. The drinker's perception may however be affected by the setting in which they are consuming the alcohol. 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.
Some people who have severe alcohol problems feel they can't start the day without a Vodka or end the day with a glass of Whiskey. Despite the kind of alcohol ingested, alcohol of any type has severe addiction potential. Look for help with an alcohol addiction today.
Comprehending Binge Drinking
Binge drinkers are those men or women who drink five or more alcoholic drinks in a two hour period. A person who binge drinks only on occasion may be able to stop themselves. A person addicted to alcohol, however, might wish to stop drinking and not be capable to do so with no support. Repeated binging over a long time may become an alcohol dependency.
Alcohol Immediate Effects
Mental and body processes are slowed down by alcohol since it's a CNS depressant. With the initial drink of beverage, people might notice a reduction in sensations of nervousness or stress. Alcohol can make a person more confident when interacting with other people and less worried about their perception and this is why alcohol is normally referred to as social lubricant.
It's not easy to differentiate casual use and abuse of alcohol since it is a widely accepted legal drug in society. If alcohol use causes negative consequences, then it is considered alcohol abuse. Negative effects of taking alcohol may include
- Physical harm or sickness
- Work problems
- Financial problems
Alcohol abuse can quickly turn into addiction if it occurs often.
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. Being unable to stop drinking even when you want to, experiencing withdrawal symptoms without alcohol, ignoring other responsibilities to get drunk, needing more alcohol to feel the same effects and spending a lot of time drinking are all signs of an addiction to alcohol. If you think you have a problem take the quiz.
There is a particular group of alcoholism popular as high-functioning alcohol addiction. The high-functioning drinker have the ability to stay the Alcohol abuse from their personal and professional lives.
It was approximated that nearly half of alcoholics fall into this group by an article in the new York times. Many high functioning alcoholics are lawyers, professors and doctors.
A high-functioning alcoholic may not notice they are addicted till they encounter a problem traceable to alcohol. 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.
Mixing Alcohol With Other Drugs
In today's world, it is normal to see alcohol being taken in combination with 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. On its own alcohol is dangerous and mixing with other drugs can be a lethal cocktail.
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Get Help For An Addiction To Alcohol
Recovery does not have to be faced alone. It is a challenging task to try and stop taking alcohol on your own. You can get the help you need from many specialists and support groups. To have a better than average chance of attaining sobriety, enlist the help of a rehab facility Contact one now on 0800 246 1509.