Alcohol, like any good cheat, first nails naive ones, offering them relaxation, good mood, giving false strength and self-confidence, and then like the devil himself, as a tribute, takes the soul of man. Alcoholism belongs to the group of addiction diseases. This is not just a bad habit someone has, like people often think; this is the real disease that needs to be treated. If we are talking about some people suffering from it, the alcoholic disease is ranked third, behind cardiovascular diseases and tumors. There are four criteria for recognizing whether someone became an alcoholic or not. If a person has more than one criteria fulfilled, that person is already in a deep dependence of alcohol.

Loss of control

This means that a person can’t stop on the first glass, he/she just need more to achieve a specific feeling, or they just drink until they get drunk. It is also called “the phenomenon of the first time,” since the person cannot drink for days, but when he/she does they lose the control of further alcohol consumption for that evening.

Impossibility of abstinence

Alcohol AbstinenceAbstinence means that you are not taking alcohol at all for a long period. The people who meet this criterium are in the beginning drinking only once a month. But as the time passes, those periods get more and more shortened until, in the end, the abstinence period becomes just a few days long, or not even that much. If they do not drink, they get so-called “abstinence syndrome” – a very unpleasant situation, followed by an overwhelming need for a drink, nervousness, irritability, shaking (characteristic shaking of hands) or sweating. This syndrome is a sure sign of physical dependence on alcohol. It occurs mainly in the morning due to a drop of alcohol levels in blood and can be interrupted by the introduction of new amounts of alcohol, or, as during the treatment, by taking certain medication to calm.

Blackouts

It’s very common for alcoholics that they simply can not remember what they did in an alcoholic state, for example, how and with whom they spent time, how they returned home, and so on. This is a very serious state, and it is very dangerous.

Tolerance increase

Alcohol Tolerance

Often, alcoholics wanting to prove they are not alcoholics, they say that even if they regularly drink, they are almost never drunk, but they do not realize that this is one of the basic criteria that speak in favor of the disease. But, in the final stages of this disease, after years of having a high tolerance, it will happen that alcoholic will become drunk with less and less alcoholic intake. At the end of their lives they will be showing signs of drunkenness just after 1 – 3 glasses This is a sign of severe damage to the entire organism, especially the brain, and at this stage, there is a large number of health consequences. If you or someone you know has a drinking problem please seek help at Columbus Recovery Center.