What is Alcohol Dependence?
Alcohol is one of the most popular and destructive dependence prone substances in the world. It works on manipulating the nervous system, driving users to repeat behaviors that they enjoy.
When an individual becomes alcohol dependent sometimes known as alcoholism, their brains become chemically wired to an uncontrollable desire for alcohol. As an individual starts drinking more, over time they build a tolerance to alcohol, eventually requiring more and more to get the same effect leading to dependence.
Using alcohol to cope with stressful events, such as losing a job or bereavement can trigger heavy drinking, which can then lead to alcohol dependence. In the long run, becoming alcohol dependent can cause many crises in one’s life as it can lead to serious psychological as well as physical health problems such as chronic liver disease, heart disease, stroke, cancers and even death.
Alcohol abuse also causes high risk behaviour in users due to raised testosterone levels increasing sexual drive and aggression.
Despite it being legal, alcohol misuse and addiction in the UK is one of the greatest substance abuse issues faced by the country. Year on year there are thousands of casualties recorded from domestic violence and drunk driving leading to many fatalities. There is an estimated number of 595,131 people suffering from alcoholism in the UK, yet less than one fifth receive help.
Anyone who experiences severe withdrawal symptoms if they stop drinking should seek urgent medical attention. It is advised to drink small amounts of alcohol if experiencing withdrawals whilst awaiting professional help.
If you are concerned about a loved one’s alcohol use, please call us at Ciconia Recovery for a friendly and confidential chat about the best ways you can support your loved one.