Alcohol is one of the most accessible psychoactive substances, which is also legal and tolerated by society that does not condemn its consumption. Frequent use of alcohol changes the brain, leads to addiction and therefore almost everyone is at risk of becoming an alcoholic.
How does one become an alcoholic?
Although almost anyone can become an alcoholic, some people are at greater risk than others. This particularly applies to unstable personalities who need to “reach for a cup” to calm down and forget about the problems.
Living with an alcoholic can be an incentive for children to become prone to alcoholism, especially boys.
Unfortunately, today drinking is wrongly considered a mark of masculinity, so statements like “You do not drink? What kind of man are you?” are often heard. Although this does not make any sense, it is clear how much it affects insecure young people, pushing them into the world of alcoholism.
Alcohol addiction is a serious medical but also a social problem that needs to be treated. Otherwise, it may lead to fatal consequences. If someone close to you is an alcoholic, your duty is to persuade him to be treated. Believe us, he will be deeply grateful when he gets out of this devastating addiction. The fact is that alcoholism destroys the lives of addicts, but also of his family, so do not allow this to happen.
What are the signs that someone is an alcoholic?
It is a mistake to believe that alcoholics are only people who drink on a daily basis for many years. The definition of alcoholic is wider, it includes all those who drink occasionally, only at weekends, but take amounts of alcohol that significantly change their behavior.
Anyone who feels that he loses control when drinking and cannot stop is considered an alcoholic!
If your husband has to go out every weekend with friends for a drink that is always turns to a binge, it’s clear that there is a problem. If he spends too much money on the drink, he loses control of the drinking and constantly returns home tipsy, it is obvious that there are signs of alcoholism..
Alcoholics often ignore and hurt their loved ones, be it verbal or physical abuse. If you feel your partner is different to you and to children, these are all signals that you must not ignore. We know that it’s not easy for you to admit to yourself this painful truth, but it is the only way to start improving things.
Consequences of alcoholism
The most dramatic situation arising from the use of alcohol is delirium tremens. It occurs after a sudden cessation of alcohol consumption within 2 to 4 days and the following symptoms are present:
- disorientation in space and time
- visual hallucinations
- psychomotor agitation
- impaired memory
- high blood pressure
- enlarged pupils
- electrolyte imbalance
Delirium tremens is a life-threatening condition and must be treated in hospital conditions, in intensive care. It is also necessary that the family is educated in order to recognize symptoms and react as soon as possible.
Treatment of alcohol addiction at VIP Vorobjev Clinic
Our clinic is always there to help you beat the addiction disorder and get rid of psychological problems . We have many years of experience and we know that recovery is always possible, but it also depends on the will and commitment of the addict.
The family of the addict plays an important role – this is primarily reflected in the encouragement and support to continue the treatment. Health and peace of mind are something most precious, and we know that you can have it again with our help and support.