Although different people consume alcohol at varying quantities, the basic pattern is the same. Generally, drinking becomes more important than anything else in life... including job, friends and family. Alcohol starts to increasingly affecting people at a physical and emotional level. Judgment impairment usually reaches dangerous levels; to the person as well as to others.
Alcohol usually lowers a person's inhibition. It can severely affect a person's ability to exercise best judgment. People who continue to drink excessively soon experience impaired speech and muscle coordination.
Behavioral signs of alcohol abuse
Physical signs of alcohol abuse
Signs of intoxication
Too much alcohol can also
Though moderate alcohol intake of certain wines (usually one glass a day) seem to have some reported health benefits for the cardiovascular system, anything more than moderate drinking can negate any potential benefits. Below are some of other complications that can be caused by too much drinking:
When drinking becomes excessive, people will usually experience fatigue, memory-loss, and over all body weakness. Eye muscles can become paralyzed.
In extreme cases, excessive drinking can eventually lead to a person being in a coma and /or eventually, to death. Excessive alcohol consumption can also lead to domestic violence.
When to seek help
People are strongly encouraged to consult a doctor when they notice that an individual has a drinking problem, acknowledged or not. Additionally, the point at which alcohol poisoning occurs varies from person to person. This is usually based upon respective tolerance levels. Seek emergency help if a person demonstrates symptoms associated with alcohol poisoning. These can include:
Call a doctor as soon as possible if someone who abuses alcohol:
When people believe that they are experiencing symptoms associated with alcohol abuse, it is recommended that they seek medical attention. The sooner people acknowledge and that they may have a problem with alcohol, the sooner they can begin treatment. Also, by seeing a doctor, people will be able to determine if you abuse alcohol. For information on how doctors diagnose alcohol abuse, read the section that follows.