Alcohol addiction, also known as alcoholism, is a disease that affects people from all walks of life. It can affect, men or women, young or senior citizens, the rich or poor. But it has no single cause. Psychological, genetic, and behavioral factors can all contribute to having the disease.
Some addicts, drink during the entire day, others stay sober for some time and then indulge in binge drinking.
Some symptoms of alcohol addiction are:
- increased quantity or frequency of use
- high tolerance, or lack of “hangover” symptoms
- drinking at inappropriate times, such as first thing in the morning, or in places like work, college or school
- wanting to be where it is present and avoiding situations where there is none
- changes in friendships; someone with this addiction may choose friends who also drink heavily
- avoiding contact with loved ones
- hiding the substance, or hiding while drinking
- dependence on it to function in everyday life
- increased lethargy, depression, or other emotional issues
- legal or professional problems such as an arrest or loss of a job
If you or someone you love is an alcoholic, please consult an experienced psychologist