Signs, Withdrawal Symptoms & Treatment Options
A Growing Problem in America
Alcohol Abuse in Today's Society
You’ve heard it before, maybe even said to yourself, “just one drink”. But do you stick to it?
Or do you wake up the next day in a daze with your head in a fog, hungover? Feeling down and slightly ashamed that you couldn’t keep your word to yourself.
Maybe you’re drawn to the glow of endless beer coolers at your local convenience store and can’t leave without picking something up to wet the whistle or you go overboard at any birthday, wedding or celebration of any kind. You rely on it for fun and enjoyment.
The control is gone and just one drink is just a saying.
When control is completely out of the picture alcohol unconsciously takes more and more precedence in your life. Your decisions are influenced by it and the descent into alcoholism becomes a slow-motion wrecking ball that levels relationships, derails careers and ravages your mind and body along the way.
That’s alcoholism, otherwise known as an alcohol use disorder. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism neatly sums it up as, “a chronic relapsing brain disorder characterized by an impaired ability to stop or control alcohol use despite adverse social, occupational, or health consequences”.
The ramifications of that widespread use show up in the data: around 15 million people have an alcohol use disorder with only around 7.9% receiving treatment.
Soberingly, between 1999 and 2017 nearly 1 million died from alcohol-related causes and about 88,000 people die every year, making alcohol the 3rd leading preventable cause of death in the United States. Those numbers are increasing.
The very fact that alcohol consumption is so normalized in our society functions as a deterrent which keeps people from getting help when they really need it.
How Alcohol Abuse Happens
What Makes Someone an Alcoholic?
Let’s start with some definitions for heavy drinking and binge drinking. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention define heavy drinking as 15 drinks or more per week for men and 8 for women. Binge drinking is 5 drinks or more for men (4 for women) on a single occasion, generally within 2 hours that brings the blood alcohol concentration to .08% or more.
Those things alone don’t make you an alcoholic but the amount of drinks that constitute heavy drinking is often surprising, that’s just 2 drinks per day. “Just one drink” has a different ring to it when you realize it’s technically halfway to medically heavy consumption. It also paints a stark picture of the risk factors associated with alcohol.
That said, the difference between casual or problem drinking and being an alcoholic isn’t related to the black and white amount of drinks you have. It’s related to control and dependency as the above definition mentioned.
An alcoholic is someone who has grown dependent on alcohol, you feel you need it, and has an inability to control or stop the drinking despite clear negative impacts.
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Signs Someone Has a Drinking Problem
Signs & Symptoms of Alcoholism
A drinking problem will make itself known, it’s just a matter of time and paying adequate attention. Not all signs are clear as day but as a drinking problem grows from mild through to severe, they become more and more evident.
The following is adapted from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders:
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The Dangers of Alcohol Withdrawal
Like all other substances, once your body becomes dependent on alcohol quitting likely will come with some degree of withdrawal. After all, your body is trying to adjust to existing without alcohol and that’s not an easy ask.
The scope of it all depends on how heavy of a drinker you were and for how long.
The onset of withdrawal is pretty fast, about 6 or 7 hours after your last drink and typically lasts for a few days. The effects include:
Those with severe alcohol addiction are unfortunately at higher risk for the more dangerous side of withdrawal and 3% to 5% of people may go through delirium tremens the symptoms of which include:
Needless to say, delirium tremens is an incredibly severe form of withdrawal and if left untreated can lead to death.
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Quit Drinking for Good
Alcohol Treatment Options at Bayshore Retreat
Luckily, kicking the drink is possible and alcohol addiction treatment in North Florida can get you there. With only 6 clients at a time in our indulgent home, the Bayshore Retreat program is exclusive by design. It means we can stay hyper-focused on you and treat your addiction.
Everything starts with detox, we can’t start officially until the detox finishes, until the last toxin is removed. If you’re drinking is more severe and you require medically supervised detox, not a problem, we have relationships with local hospitals where that can happen.
After that, the work of building you back up begins in earnest with a tailored treatment plan. Counseling, both individual and group, plays a big part and it allows us to discover the underlying issues that led to alcohol in the first place.
Once your residential stay comes to an end and you’re equipped with a new outlook and ways to deal with the trials and tribulations of life without resorting to alcohol we work with you on an aftercare plan to make sure those things stick.
It may be overwhelming.
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