What are the Symptoms of Alcohol Use Disorder

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What is alcohol use disorder?

Alcohol use disorder is a pattern of drinking alcohol, where the drinker is unable to control drinking and he/she is preoccupied with drinking. The person continues to drink, despite having problem with alcohol use. The problem worsen, because to get the same effect, he/she has to drink increasingly higher quantity of alcohol and he/she continues to drink more. Whenever he/she tries to stop drinking, withdrawal symptoms appear and the alcohol user finds it difficult to quit drinking due to this. Drinking becomes a serious health problem and he/she still continues with drinking. This is also known as alcoholism.ID-100151298

The person with alcohol use disorder gradually develop habit of binge drinking where he/she may consume a large quantity of alcohol in short time and may even develop acute alcohol poisoning, which is a medical emergency. If your drinking leads to frequent distress and problems in your life, you may have alcohol use disorder and it is time to get professional help for quitting drinking, permanently.

What are the symptoms of alcohol use disorder?

The symptoms may be mild, moderate or severe, depending on signs and symptoms one experience. The symptoms of alcohol use disorder are,

  • The person is unable to control the amount of alcohol he/she drinks. The alcohol user may attempt to limit or stop drinking, but unable to do so without professional medical help.
  • Very strong urge or craving for drinking alcohol
  • The person spend lots of time to get alcohol, drink alcohol and recovery from alcohol intake hangover and is not able to perform duties at job properly. Fulfilling obligation at work, school/college or home, due to regular alcohol intake and time spent for these activities.
  • Keep drinking alcohol despite clear knowledge and understanding of the harm alcohol use is causing to his health, life and social relationship.
  • The person slowly dissociate himself/herself from social activities, work and also hobbies
  • Experiences withdrawal symptoms (such as nausea, vomiting, sweating, tremor, uneasiness etc.) when he/she tries to stop drinking or reduce alcohol intake and it becomes a habit of drinking to avoid such withdrawal symptoms.
  • The person start developing tolerance to alcohol, i.e. more amount of drink is required to get similar effect or need to drink more and more alcohol to keep withdrawal symptoms away.
  • The person may drink alcohol when it is not safe, such as during driving or swimming, despite knowing it is dangerous as well as illegal and may be caught by law enforcing agencies.
  • The person spent most of the time either drinking or thinking and planning about taking drinks.

 

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