Dr. Opnion

Symptoms

Lying About or Hiding Your Drinking

Denial is common with people having problems with alcohol, so both problem drinkers and alcoholics might drink secretively or lie about how much they drink to make it seem like less of an issue.

Drinking to Relax or Feel Better

If you drink more when you’ve had a stressful day or need a drink to feel like you can really relax, it’s a big sign that you’re using alcohol as an emotional crutch.

Being Unable to Stop Once You Start

If you always finish a bottle of wine once it’s opened or drink all the beer in the house once you’ve had one, it’s another sign you aren’t in full control of your drinking.

 

Cause of Addiction

Stressful environments

While not every person turns to alcohol to relieve stress, some people do. When a person has a stressful job,such as doctors and nurses – their day-to-day lives can be extremely stressful

Drinking at an early age

Those who begin drinking at an early age are more likely to have an alcohol problem or a physical dependence on alcohol as they get older.because the body’s tolerance levels may increase

Family history

If you have a parent or other relative who is an alcoholic, risk of alcoholism automatically increases.Spending time around people who drink heavily or abuse alcohol can influence you to do the same.

 

Treatment

 

Behavioral Treatments

Behavioral treatments are aimed at changing drinking behavior through counseling. They are led by health professionals and supported by studies showing they can be beneficial.

Medications

Three medications are currently approved in the United States to help people stop or reduce their drinking and prevent relapse. They are prescribed by a primary care physician or other health professional and may be used alone or in combination with counseling.

Mutual-Support Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and other 12-step programs provide peer support for people quitting or cutting back on their drinking. Combined with treatment led by health professionals, mutual-support groups can offer a valuable added layer of support.