Psychiatric Symptoms of Alcoholism

Psychiatric Symptoms of Alcoholism

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Psychiatric Symptoms of Alcoholism

Alcoholism is associated with several psychiatric symptoms, ranging from mild and temporary psychiatric symptoms to serious long term psychiatric symptoms. Mild and temporary psychiatric symptoms such as drunkenness are very common with alcohol consumption. Some alcoholics develop symptoms with drinking of lesser quantity of alcohol whereas some need larger quantity of alcohol consumption.

Alcohol abuse is associated with psychiatric problems and one in four (25%) of alcoholics have severe psychiatric disturbances (the numbers of alcoholics with minor psychiatric disturbance is much more common). Long term alcohol abuse may lead to several psychiatric problems such as dementia (loss of memory), depression, anxiety, psychosis, panic disorder, schizophrenia and many more psychiatric problems. Long term alcohol abuse is one of the leading causes of psychiatric disorders. Anxiety and depression are the most common psychiatric disorders seen among alcoholics, especially long term abusers.

It is estimated that approximately 105 of dementia are due to chronic alcohol abuse. Cognitive function disturbance is also caused by alcohol in many individuals. Alcohol abuse for long duration leads to damage of brain and psychiatric problems becomes more common among long term abusers of alcohol.

Psychiatric problems may be different among male and female alcohol abusers. For example among females, bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa, depression, anxiety, panic disorders, borderline personality disorders are more common. Among males, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, antisocial personality disorder, impulsive behavior, attention deficit, hyperactivity disorder etc.

Social effects of alcoholism:

Alcohol is one of the leading causes of social problems. Chronic alcohol abuse is associated with increased risk of criminal offences such as domestic violence, rape, child abuse, physical assault, burglary and many more different criminal offences. Alcoholism is also associated with legal consequences such as criminal charges for drunken driving and other civil penalties. Alcoholism (especially excess drinking at inappropriate time) is also commonly associated with loss of employment and financial crisis.

Chronic alcoholism may lead to isolation (which in turn increases risk of psychiatric illness) due to impairment in judgments and inappropriate behavior. Alcoholism is also associated with increased marital conflicts and divorce.

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