Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol is one of the most common addictions that there is, largely because alcohol is in such wide spread use. Since almost everybody drinks alcohol at some point in time this makes it different from addictions like drugs and smoking which can simply be avoided. It also makes it a much bigger challenge to determine whether or not you have a problem with alcohol addiction.

Alcohol AddictionIn a lot of ways alcohol addiction can be the trickiest of all the major addictions to have to deal with. First of all there is the problem of determining whether or not you are an addict. With things like drugs or smoking it is pretty obvious when somebody is an addict since almost any use will lead to addiction. With alcohol it is more difficult to tell since there are lots of people who drink alcohol and never become addicted. That means that you really need to pay attention to the signs to determine whether or not you are an alcoholic.

In order to determine whether or not you have a problem with alcohol addiction you are going to have to be aware of your symptoms. There are no rules that say that if you drink this much or that often you are an alcoholic. The real sign is that you drink and you continue to drink even when you know that it is having a negative impact on your life. This impact could be anything, there are lots of health issues that are related to excessive alcohol use. There will also likely be social issues, family problems, trouble at work and things like that.

In the more severe cases of alcohol addiction there will also be physical symptoms if you try to stop drinking. This is because the alcohol affects your brain chemistry and causes it to rely on the alcohol. In this case you should expect symptoms like sweating, shaking and nausea if you try to stop drinking. It is also quite likely that you will feel very anxious when you stop drinking. If you have these symptoms you are almost certainly addicted to alcohol and you are going to need help.

Despite what a lot of people think you can't beat alcohol addiction on your own, it takes more than just will power. Because there are real physical symptoms you will find that you get best results if your treatment is under the care of a health care provider. However many people do quite well with counselling and support groups as well. In most cases you will find that you will need to use a combination of all of these techniques. Support groups can be helpful but they are often not enough on their own. On the other hand you may find that having to deal with counselling on your own is not enough for you and need the help of a support group.