If you or someone you love are suffering from alcohol abuse or alcoholism, you are not alone. Over 1 in every 12 adults suffers from alcohol abuse or dependence in the U.S. Further, more than half of all adults have a family history of alcoholism. With alarming statistics such as these, it should come as no surprise if you are questioning whether or not you or your loved one suffers from alcohol abuse or alcoholism. Read on to learn more.
Common Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Symptoms
Repeat drunk driving offenders may not be aware of the fact that they are suffering from alcohol abuse or alcoholism. Common alcohol abuse symptoms consist of the following:
1. The use of alcohol in dangerous situations such as drinking and driving
2. Legal problems due to drinking
3. The experience withdrawal symptoms if you go prolonged periods without alcohol
Common alcoholism symptoms consist of the following:
1. Constant nausea or vomiting
2. Shakiness or trembling
3. Cannot limit or control alcohol intake
4. Feel a strong need or compulsion to drink
5. Neglect of daily activities
6. Consuming alcohol becomes your primary focus
7. An internal struggle with alcohol consumption cessation
8. Continued use of alcohol despite negative consequences
Note, substance abuse experts typically make distinct differences between alcohol abuse and alcoholism (also known as alcohol dependence). Individuals that abuse alcohol tend to have the ability to set limits on their drinking, but make poor decisions as a result thereof. Alcohol abuse often leads to alcoholism if not treated.
How to Treat Alcohol Abuse or Alcoholism
The first step in treating your alcohol abuse or alcoholism is to admit that you have a drinking problem. If you believe no problem exists, then it will be hard to get the care you need.
Once you identify your problem, consult your physician and a trusted family member or friend for support while you go through alcohol abuse or alcoholism rehab. Depending on the nature of your addition, the treatment you receive will vary.
Based on your doctor’s assessment of the severity of your problem, your treatment could involve several phases. If you have become “chemically dependent” upon alcohol, treatment may include detoxification; taking doctor-prescribed medications, to help prevent a return to drinking once drinking has stopped; and individual and/or group counseling.
In addition to receiving medical treatment, you may want to consider attending counseling and a 12 Step program such as Alcoholics Anonymous to help address your alcohol problem and find possible solutions to lead a sober life.
If you find yourself being repeatedly charged with drunk driving, you should seriously consider being examined for alcohol abuse or alcoholism by a health care professional.
Be proactive to get the treatment you need. Do not wait until you are locked up in jail or prison to get help. Not many corrections facilities offer treatment for alcohol abuse or addiction.
If you or a loved one have been charged with drinking and driving for a second or subsequent time in the Washtenaw County area, I invite you to contact me for a case consultation. I provide legal representation and information regarding treatment to individuals charged with drunk driving in the Ann Arbor area. Read my latest article on addressing alcohol’s impact on drunk driving for more information about the harmful effects of alcoholism or alcohol abuse.