Alcohol Addiction Symptoms

(Also Known As: Addiction Symptoms, Alcoholism Symptoms, Alcoholic Symptoms, Substance Abuse Symptoms, Alcohol Dependence Symptoms)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What are the Symptoms of Alcohol Addiction?

A person exhibiting the following symptoms of behavior is potentially afflicted with alcohol addiction: 2

  • Failure to fulfill obligations on a constant basis.
  • Using alcohol when it is physically hazardous to themselves or those around them.
  • They may have recurrent legal and financial problems due to drug possession charge or money spent on their addiction.
  • They may have frequent social or interpersonal problems with the tendency to blame undesirable situations on others and other things having little to do with them.
  • Increased tolerance: they must use more of the substance to produce a high.
  • Withdrawal: serious physical symptoms appear when use is discontinued.
  • The use of large amounts of the substance over long periods of time.
  • They experience unsuccessful attempts to cut down their alcohol use.
  • The time spent obtaining the substance replaces social, work-related, family-oriented or recreational activities.
  • They continue to use despite the inevitable adverse consequences.

An individual who is preoccupied with alcoholic drinks affects his or her behavior and will eventually result in psychological and physiological disorders. The effects of Alcohol Addiction cover the whole aspect of one’s life but the main and damaging part is the physical effect.

Physical Effects includes:

  • Liver cirrhosis
  • Pancreatitis
  • Alcoholic dementia
  • Epilepsy
  • Heart disease
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Puffy face and red eyes
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Chances of cancer
  • Death

Social Effects:

  • Loss of employment
  • School problem for failing grades and numerous absences
  • Social isolation
  • Personal matters such as marital conflicts, domestic violence, etc.
  • Financial problems that will lead to stealing from others to finance addiction

Mental Effects:

  • Anxiety and depression disorders
  • Panic disorder
  • Brain damage
  • Suicides
  • Murders
  • Accidental deaths

Aside from these range of effects, persistent consumption of alcohol can also result in poor judgment that may lead to some legal problems such as criminal charges for driving under the influence (DUI) or civil penalties for undesirable behavior, changes in sleep habits and many more that are not pleasant for the individual or alcohol dependent.

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Drug Addiction – Drug Use, Addiction, Substance Abuse, Withdrawal, Tolerance, Alcoholism, Escape, Drug Dependency
Gambling Addiction – Compulsiveness, Uncontrolled Gambling, Pathological Gambling, Withdrawal, Tolerance, Escape, Loss of Control
Sexual Addiction – Hypersexuality, Sexual Dependency, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder