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Information and symptoms of alcohol misuse

A Full and sustained recovery is possible with the help of Abstain Progression leading to addiction Alcohol is a legal, controlled substance that lowers anxiety and inhibitions. It has a broad range of short term side effects, from loss of coordination, slurred speech and memory loss. Not everyone who drinks is an alcoholic, most can do so with little long term impact or the need to continue drinking. For some the drinking impacts negatively on their life and they are affected by their use of alcohol on a consistent basis, these people are considered to have an alcohol use disorder or problematic drinking. Alcohol is commonly consumed as a drink in various forms, including beer, wine and Spirits.

Phase 1 EXPERIMENTATION

Most people will experiment (try) drugs and alcohol as part of their social development and will learn how to control this social interaction safely and without any negative consequences.

Some will move on into less social and more problematic substance use and misuse.

Phase 2 SOCIAL

Most can manage their alcohol intake with just the very rare loss of control, maybe only drinking to excess a couple of time a year. Some will go on to develop a need to use alcohol to be able to “enjoy themselves” and will start to believe that they cannot have a good night unless they are pissed.IndicatorsMore regular use or practice Makes “this” a part of social life, cannot enjoy a night out without alcohol. Uses or practices at appropriate times and place but will start to feel the effects into the next day. Makes “safe” rules for self-regulating use Turns into problem without you recognizing the warning signs. Total loss of memory of the previous night’s events etc.

Phase 3 DAILY PREOCCUPATION

‘Harmful dependency’ Over time alcohol use develops as we need to use more alcohol to achieve the highs and feelings that we used to get when we first started drinking. This leads to problems and issues that occur more regularly and we tend to lose control once we have started. Many binge drinkers will recognize this stage of alcohol usage and if they do not seek help it is inevitable that they will develop a full blown addiction and dependency.IndicatorsBecomes a harmful dependency, you cannot go out, without consuming alcohol. You need alcohol to relax (de stress) or sleep without alcohol. Begins to lose control over use/practice, once you start you cannot stop. Cannot block out the emotional pain have to knock yourself out to escape unresolved problems produce more stress & pain Life-style centres on compulsive behaviour, clock watching at work etc. Self-imposed rule broken regularly, changes to drinking habits are temporary and do not last.Deteriorating; health, emotions, relationships, spirituality You will hide your drinking levels by adding extra drinks at the bar without anyone noticing and drinking on your own.

Phase 4 USING TO FEEL NORMAL

‘full blown addiction’ The need for alcohol is your first thought in the morning, you plan your time around getting the alcohol you need and then consuming it. Day consist of only doing what is absolutely necessary to not feel bad or unwell, trying to feel normal.

Indicators:-
Problems have “snowball effect” arrests arguments and drink driving offences.
Loss of control and dignity
Broken family relationships
Paranoid thinking – delusion
No desire to live
Geographic escapes
Spiritual Bankruptcy

BINGE DRINKING

Binge drinking – abstinence can be achieved for a period of time but relapse is common.
If you continue to drink you will get progressively worse and it is unlikely you can continue to drink without any negative effects.


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