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Alcohol Abuse

is described in the DSM-IV as a psychiatric diagnosis in which alcoholic beverages are used in a recurring manner, despite negative consequences. Alcoholism is another term for Alcohol abuse. Depending on who you talk to, there are many terms for alcohol abuse.

DIG is known as a trusted-resource in the industry. If you think that you may need an intervention for a loved one who has a problem with alcohol, go ahead and call us today toll-free at: 855-222-1101.

You can call DIG immediately for help at: 855-222-1101
Alcohol abuse manifests itself in two basic forms:
1) People who seek pleasure and who are anti-social, and
2) People who have much anxiety and are able to go without the use of alcohol for some time. These people typically can not control their drinking once they start. These people have a part of their brain that is not capable of telling them to stop when they have reached a certain amount.

The different forms of Alcohol Abuse

There are many forms of alcohol abuse. One of the most important today, as it relates to our college kids, is binge drinking. Students in college, or anyone for that matter, who get severely drunk more than twice, are considered to be binge drinkers. There are a few international surveys that report that the United Kingdom (UK) has the greatest populations of heavy drinkers in the adolescent population.

Alcohol abuse manifests itself in the following ways:

  1. Ability to not fulfill daily responsibilities at work
  2. Ability to not fulfill daily responsibilities at school
  3. Ability to not fulfill daily responsibilites at home
  4. Drinking in situations that would be considered dangerous, like driving a personal vehicle
  5. Most importantly, legal problems that are eventually associated with extended alcohol abuse, and the way most alcoholics will continue to keep drinking even though they know these problems exist.
Alcohol abuse has serious effects eventually to a person’s health and intra-personal relationships with family specifically. Alcohol abuse is a progressive disease. It always gets worse, it never gets better.

DIG is known around the country as a trusted-resource in the industry. If you think that you may need an intervention for a loved one who has a problem with alcohol, call us toll-free at: 855-222-1101.

Alcohol abuse can turn into alcohol dependence. In the coming days, alcohol dependence and alcohol abuse will be combined in the DSM-IV and DSM-V, into something called AUD, or Alcohol Use Disorder. It will include a graded clinical severity level, requiring a minimum of 2 criteria to make a diagnosis.

Short term abuse of alcohol has certain typical characteristics:

  1. Violence
  2. Unexpected injuries
  3. Unprotected sexual activities
  4. Social and financial problems
Lets not forget about the older adult population (65+ year) when talking about alcohol abuse. If an older adult consumes a smaller amount of alcohol as a younger adult, the older adult will experience a greater euphoric feeling. The American Geriatric Society recommends less then two full drinks per occasion regardless of gender, since this is not gender specific

Binge drinking is considered to be more than consuming 5 drinks or more in one drinking session. Remember that alcohol abuse will always have short-term as well as long-term risks associated with it.

If you think that you may need an intervention for a loved one who has a problem with alcohol, call us toll-free at: 855-222-1101 and we will see that you get the help that you need.