What is Alcohol Addiction
If you occasionally drink a glass of wine for fun, you do not make it an alcoholic. The general guidelines are a daily use for women of 1 glasses per day and for men 2 glasses a day. But if you do not comply with these guidelines, because you drink more often, it still does not mean that you are dependent on the alcohol. When can you now talk about an alcohol addiction?
In any case, you can not say that a certain amount of glasses of alcohol indicates the limit. For example, someone with a serious alcohol problem drinks more than an average of 6 to 7 glasses a day. The amount of glasses equals different drinks because the glasses are adapted to the strength of the drink: a beer glass is larger than a vodka glass, but contains the same amount of alcohol.
The more and the more you drink, the faster you follow the path to addiction. Therefore keep an eye on three things:
1. The Amount You Drink
A man who drinks more than 21 glasses a week (so 3 glasses a day) and a woman who drinks more than 14 glasses a week (so 2 ??glasses a day), gets physical problems at a given time.
2. The Reason Why You Drink
Most people drink because they like it or just for the taste. If you drink, for example, to get rid of tensions, and you do this on a regular basis, this indicates abuse. Other reasons may be: the removal of fear, to become looser in company, etc.
3. The Situation in Which You Drink
You can also speak of abuse when you drink, while you still have to drive a car, you have to watch out for small children, still have to study or if you are pregnant or want to become pregnant, and so on.
In summary, you can say that alcohol in large quantities will eventually damage your body. If you drink for the wrong reason and at the wrong times, you are on your way to addiction treatment center.
The word ‘addiction’ says it all: you are physically and mentally dependent on alcohol consumption.
Physical dependence comes together with two characteristics:
- 1. You need more and more alcohol to get the desired (anesthetic) effect. This is also called habituation.
- 2. Your body will protest if it does not get alcohol. This protest manifests itself in being touched, trembling, becoming anxious.
Physical dependence ensures that you continue to use alcohol, and the chances are that you will use it more and more, against better knowledge. And then we come to the spiritual dependency.
Spiritual dependence is the actual addiction. Someone who is addicted, feels very restless when he has not used alcohol. The urge to get alcohol in is very big and everything is predominant.
The physical and mental dependence can be explained. It is caused by processes that arise in the brain. The substance that is released when the alcohol is broken down occupies the spot of other substances that normally have a place in the cell metabolism. The brain gets used to the presence of this substance. When people stop using alcohol, the brain is missing the substance where the body has slowly become attached. The result is that the alcohol addict will not feel right at all. If the alcohol addict does not drink for a while, the natural process in the brain cells will start to recover.
You can state that you are physically and / or mentally dependent on alcohol if you meet at least three of the following criteria:
- You get the need to drink more and more to get the same effect of the alcohol
- You recognize the withdrawal symptoms (feeling bad, trembling, feeling anxious)
- You drink more and longer than you planned in advance
- You have a constant desire to stop drinking
- Several attempts to quit failed
- You put a lot of time and energy into alcohol (buying, drinking and repairing)
- Important activities (work, leisure, social activities) will suffer while drinking
- You continue to drink against better knowledge
What Can You Do Yourself?
You can break through habit formation by:
- Do not drink alcohol for at least two days a week
- Leave alcoholic drinks when you are tired or tense
- Teaching yourself to relax without alcohol (with exercises for example)
- On special occasions where a lot of liquor is served occasionally a non-alcoholic dri