Alcoholism is a disease characterized by excessive and continuous drinking despite negative health, social and legal consequences. The craving that an alcoholic feels can be as strong as the need for food and water. For individuals struggling with alcohol abuse, it feels like a necessity. Long-term heavy drinking can increase the risk of cancer, heart disease, liver damage, brain damage and birth defects. It also increases the risk of death from car accidents, homicide and suicide (18% of alcoholics commit suicide).
At Atlantic Shores Hospital, we understand that alcoholism can be tiring, and we want to help. Here’s what you need to know about alcohol addiction:
What are the signs of Alcohol Addiction?
- Drink to calm your nerves and forget your worries
- Lie about and try to hide drinking habits
- Have medical, social, or financial troubles caused by drinking
- Failure to fulfill major work, school, or home responsibilities because of drinking
- Drinking in situations that are physically dangerous, such as while driving a car
- Recurring alcohol related legal problems (i.e. DUI, Hurting someone while drinking)
- Experiencing signs and symptoms of withdrawal when not drinking
What are the signs of Alcohol withdrawal?
- Rapid heart rate
- Delirium tremors
- Auditory and visual hallucinations
- Decreased appetite
- Life threatening seizures
- Heart failure
Withdrawal from alcohol can cause severe and fatal symptoms including heart failure and seizures. Therefore, alcohol use should not be stopped all at once. Instead, it should be reduced slowly in a medically supervised environment to ensure patient safety.
If you or someone you know struggles with alcohol abuse, please call us for more information about our treatment programs at 954-771-2711 or toll free 888-771-2711 or click here.