Alcoholism is one of the most challenging addictions to overcome, largely because of the nature of alcohol itself. It is a legal substance that can be consumed in a safe and responsible way. Most people who use alcohol know what their limits are, and they voluntarily abstain from potentially dangerous activities, such as driving or operating machinery, when they are under the influence of alcohol.
People who are addicted to alcohol do not have the ability to stop once they have reached their threshold, and they are more prone than other people to undertaking dangerous activities while inebriated.
Most adults can safely consume one or two units of alcohol a day, but this depends on a number of factors, such as your body weight, age, health and physical fitness, and whether you are taking any medications.
It is important to note that the amount of alcohol you consume does not, in and of itself, indicate whether or not you are an alcoholic. Other factors to consider are your reasons for drinking, how you feel when you do not have access to alcohol, and whether or not you feel the need to hide your alcohol consumption from others.
If you are wondering if you or a loved one has become addicted to alcohol, ask yourself the following questions:
Have I maintained my work and family responsibilities, or am I gradually abandoning them?
Have I run into financial or legal difficulties as a direct result of my drinking?
Do I feel the need to hide the fact that I am drinking?
Do I drink at inappropriate times, such as early in the morning?
Do I drink even though I know I will be driving, operating heavy machinery, or undertaking other potentially dangerous activities?
Do I drink in order to seek or avoid a particular feeling?
Do I get anxious or irritable when I do not have access to alcohol?
Am I continuing to drink even though it is causing problems at home or at work?
If left unchecked, alcohol addiction can destroy your physical and mental health and harm many aspects of your life. In many cases, it can lead to financial devastation, ruined relationships, physical and mental abuse, and even death.
Alcohol has some far-reaching effects, including the following:
The death of brain cells, resulting in brain disorders, memory problems, and reduced cognitive functioning
Liver damage that can be serious enough to warrant a liver transplant
Inflammation of the pancreas that can lead to internal bleeding and infection
A rise in erratic behaviour and violence toward others
Lowered inhibitions, resulting in a disregard for danger or the safety of yourself and others
Withdrawal symptoms, including delirium tremens, that can be fatal
Inspire Change Wellness Addiction Treatment Centre for Men offers alcohol addiction treatment in Vancouver. We provide men with a safe, non-judgmental environment in which they can overcome their addictions, explore and resolve underlying issues, and learn how to withstand the stresses of life without alcohol.
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