What Is Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism?
Not many people realise how thin the line is between social drinking and what is considered alcohol abuse or alcohol misuse. If the signs and symptoms of alcohol abuse are ignored, the chance of developing alcoholism (alcohol dependency) is greatly increased.
Some common symptoms of alcohol abuse include:
- Drinking more than you had planned to
- Memory loss or blackouts from a night of drinking
- Lying to others about the quantity of alcohol you drink
- Drinking alcohol to relieve stress, to relax or to improve your mood.
- Your friends and family may have commented on your drinking habits and are worried about you
- Responsibilities and activities in your life (work, school, children) are neglected because of your drinking habits
- Relationships in your life have become problematic and may have deteriorated as a result of your drinking habits.
Alcoholism has all of the same signs as alcohol abuse but it is more serious because of an actual physical dependency on alcohol.
Psychological treatment can be an effective method to overcome the challenges of alcohol misuse and alcohol dependency. As alcoholism is a chronic condition, in which the temptation and addiction of alcohol is life-long, the focus on treatment is on helping the individual overcome these urges and not give in to their addiction. Our experienced clinicians at Spectrum Mental Health can work with the individual to help them to reduce their drinking or stop drinking completely depending on their individual goal of treatment. If any of the above sound familiar to you, don’t hesitate to get in touch to see how we can help you.