Alcohol abuse has the highest number of addicts in the UK. Alcohol consumption is accepted as a social pastime and can often lead to the alcoholic becoming delusional about the amount that they consume.
Alcohol is a legal regulated element that reduces nervousness and shyness. Poor coordination and slurred speech are just a few of the many side effects of alcohol.
Many people drink alcohol, and they are not considered addicts, those who fall under the category of abusers are those whose life has been changed negatively since they started taking alcohol. Frequently, alcohol is ingested as a drink in a range of forms, such as beer, wine and hard Alcohol.
Dependency On Beer
Beer is a type of an alcoholic drink which contains water, yeast, hops and barley. In comparison with wine and hard Alcohol, beer frequently has the littlest alcohol content by volume (ABV).
Normally these beers are consumed (Budweiser, Coors Light, Miller Lite, Corona, Busch, etc), it ranges from 2 to 12 percent but now decreases from 4 to 6 percent. Some people believe that it takes from two to three beers to be above the authorized driving limit.
In the British culture, beer accepted as an integral part of the activities. College students get involved in drinking games and competitions and these games often revolve around Happy Hours and drinking is a key part of many sporting events.
The rise of small independent brewers has promoted beer drinking as the in thing especially with the home brewers coming up with new flavors and tastes all the time. Some of the craft beers being brewed do have one major problem and that is that they have a higher alcohol content than the average draft with some going as high as 12 percent.
Alcohol use disorder can affect even people who only drink socially or those who only take craft beers. Some evidences of an issue can be keep drinking when everybody has stopped or the sensation that you must drink during painful or uninteresting circumstances. Ask for help with a beer addiction now.
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Dependency And Abuse Of Wine
Fermented grapes and other fruits are the primary source of wine. Wine comes in various flavors and is usually either red or white.
In the white wine category, we have Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Riesling and Moscato while the red kinds include Merlot, Cabernet, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel. The different varieties are based on the grapes used.
Wine has a more concentrated quantity of alcohol in comparison to beer. A small glass of wine around 5 oz is equivalent in alcohol content to a 12oz glass of beer. Wine is consumed with crackers and gourmet cheese and also at many parties. It's classed as a "high-class" drink so it may be more difficult to see when someone has an issue.
64 percent of those drinking wine in the UK are women and wine companies craft their adverts towards women to woo them to drink more. Due to these stats it may be said that women are more prone to abuse of wine than men. Men do get addicted to wine too. There is a major problem with those people who are using and drinking wine excessively to fight with stress and anxiety. If you are struggling with a wine addiction, you can get help today.
Reliance On Alcohol
Hard alcoholic drinks or spirits such as whiskey, vodka, rum, gin and tequila are usually referred to as alcohol. Spirits are normally mixed with soft drinks or water since they have a much higher alcohol content compared to wine and beer. Normal size of spirit is 25ml. When it isn't combined with other drinks, alcohol is ingested as a shot or "neat." Carbonation accelerates the digestion of alcohol into the bloodstream, so drinking Alcohol combined with soda may provoke a faster intoxication. Drinking shots can lead to a higher consumption of alcohol as they are easier to consume due to the small amount of liquid.
People who have been drinking alcohol for a long time claim that different drinks cause different forms of intoxication. This however hasn't been proven scientifically with studies showing that the kind of drink consumed doesn't result in different effects. The environment in which a consumer of alcohol is in might influence the way the drinker perceives their state of drunkenness. When someone has a wine with dinner they report to have a feeling of tiredness and happiness, while consuming tequila at a high-energy party produces different kinds of feeling of drunkenness.
Some alcohol dependents cannot get out of bed without first taking a shot of vodka while others cannot sleep without a glass of whiskey. Despite the kind of alcohol ingested, alcohol of any type has severe addiction potential. Get support for a alcohol addiction today.
Understanding Drinking In Excess
Binge drinking involves consuming large amounts of alcohol in a short time period i.e. five or more for men and four or more for women within two hours. A person who binge drinks only on occasion may be able to stop themselves. A person who is addicted to alcohol may not be able to stop without assistance from someone else even if they want to. If binge drinking starts to become more frequent and for longer there is a much greater chance of alcoholism.
Alcohol Immediate Effects
Alcohol is a depressant and affects the Central Nervous System (CNS) which slows down the brain and the bodies processes. From the very first alcoholic drink consumption the drinker may have a sense of calm as feelings of stress start to disappear. Alcohol can make a person feel more sociable and have more confidence in meeting new people for the first time.
The legality of drinking alcohol and its availability has made it the line thin in determining when one is drinking it within acceptable limits and when one is abusing it. If the situation where the person is drinking alcohol becomes negative then it can be considered as alcohol abuse. Some negative consequences of alcohol include
- Illness or physical harm
- Relationship problems
- Work-related issues
- Money problems
If one continues to abuse alcohol, they soon develop a dependency.
Addicted To Alcohol
Being unable to stop drinking even when it is causing serious health, social or professional problems and craving for alcohol is what is known as alcoholism or alcohol addiction. Being unable to stop drinking even when you want to, experiencing withdrawal symptoms without alcohol, ignoring other responsibilities to get drunk, needing more alcohol to feel the same effects and spending a lot of time drinking are all signs of an addiction to alcohol. Take our quiz to discover if your drinking habits are an issue.
There is a type of alcoholic known as a High-Functioning Alcoholic. A person who is able to work or continue with their personal life and work without them being affected by their drinking problem is called a high-functioning alcoholic.
It was approximated that nearly half of alcoholics fall into this group by an article in the new York times. Some of the public that make a big part of these people are lawyers, professors and doctors.
High-functioning alcoholics barely identify they have an issue once they deal with serious alcohol-related situations. The risk of high-functioning alcoholism is that it may carry on for an extended period without the individual admitting they have an issue.
Alcohol And Other Drugs
Alcohol is used with other drugs and it is very common nowadays. Alcohol is a CNS depressant and when combined with other drugs like benzodiazepines and other painkillers then there is a chance of danger. It can be quite deadly to mix alcohol with other drugs even though it is important to note that alcohol is still dangerous on its own.
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