What Is Alcohol Dependence, And How to Treat It Effectively?

Apart from drugs, many addictions are hogging the limelight, and one among them is alcohol addiction. Alcohol addiction starts when a person cannot curb his desire to drink alcohol, irrespective of the consequence. Addiction leads to dependence.

Causes of alcohol dependence
  • Isolation
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Loneliness to some extent
  • To show off
  • as a societal trend
  • Peer pressure
  • To ward off frustration levels

In all such cases, alcohol comes to the rescue. It is one of the most demanded non-essential commodities.

How alcohol consumption does impacts immunity?

Your friend might have told you that alcohol does not impact immunity? Rather, it boosts it or can help battle certain diseases? Let's find out is it true or false.

  • Overconsumption of alcohol weakens your first line of defense, which are white blood cells that help you fight in case any virus or bacteria enter your body.
  • It slows down your immune response to foreign viruses or bacteria, making you vulnerable to diseases.
  • It kills good bacteria inside your body and damages the gastrointestinal tract, causing bacteria leakage in the bloodstream.
  • Over alcohol dependence can make you prone to certain respiratory disorders like pneumonia, pulmonary diseases, TB, and other respiratory disorders; many people think that smoking makes them susceptible to respiratory disorders; however, it is not true. Alcohol is lethal too.
  • Regular drinking habits can lower down your immunity cell numbers.
Signs and symptoms of alcohol dependence

The symptoms of alcohol abuse are many, and it will negatively impact the different facets of life. The symptoms include physical, psychological, social, etc. Let’s start discussing the same.

 Signs of alcohol dependence

Many symptoms point towards your addiction

  • Drinking a large amount of alcohol
  • Spending time, energy, and money on buying drinks
  • Most of the time, you appear hungover and are recovering from alcohol effects
  • Signs of intoxication include poor hand movement coordination, speech, and walking trouble.
  • Decreased self-care and falling.
  • Poor oral hygiene.
  • Falling prey to risky behavior.
  • The Smell of alcohol around the home.
  • Significant gain in the weight.
Other physical signs of the abuse include
  • Cardiac problems, high blood pressure, stroke, irregular heartbeat
  • Liver concerns
  • Damage to the pancreas
  • Cancers.
Psychological symptoms of alcohol consumption

The psychological signs arise when alcohol interferes with brain functioning. The visible signs that you will notice are

  • Frequent mood changes
  • Increased irritability, anger, depression
  • Not able to carry out daily tasks and responsibilities
  • Problem with concentration.
  • Anxiety disorders.
  • Hallucination or delusional thinking.
  • Withdrawal symptoms.
Social symptoms of alcohol addiction

Alcohol addiction extends beyond physical, immune, and psychological and includes social signs. The most visible signs are

  • Social withdrawal
  • Isolating yourself from friends
  • Spending time on the internet
  • Change in behavior or pattern
  • Failing to do the required tasks.
  • Conflicts between family members and co-workers.
  • Decreased output at work.
  • No longer able to carry out nicely in sports activities.

Cognitive behavior therapy: In this therapy, the counselor will identify the feelings or cues that are stopping you from overcoming the habit and create a roadmap on how to end it. The goal is to change your thought process to positively respond to situations that trigger alcohol consumption.

Motivation alcoholism therapies: These therapies are conducted to strengthen your behavior. The therapy focuses on creating a plan, developing confidence, and creating an urge to stick to the plan.

During the treatment, brief interventions are made to analyze the individual's drinking patterns and risk-taking behavior and take steps to overcome them. Even personal feedback is given to the family members to make a change.

Wrap Up

The best alcohol addiction treatment is to find a professional who makes you feel respected and understood. Contact us for more details.