According to American Addiction Centers, alcohol is a psychoactive substance primarily consumed in drinks like wine, beer, and liquor. It’s one of the oldest substances to be have been used recreationally and is still consumed widely to this day. Alcohol causes a euphoric intoxication that increases mood, anxiety, and sociability as well as impair motor, sensory, and cognitive function.
The chemical name for the alcohol we consume is ethanol; however, there’s also isopropyl and methanol. While ethanol is safe for consumption, both methanol and isopropyl alcohol are toxic.
Despite being a very popular substance for socializing, alcohol is still one the most dangerous and deadly drugs out there. It’s easily abusable and addiction is incredibly common because of its ability to make you physically dependent. Below are the signs, symptoms, and stages of alcohol addiction.
- Impaired memory
- Impaired cognitive function (such as thinking)
- Slurred speech
- Lack of coordination
- Unable to stop yourself from drinking
- Being defensive or secretive about the alcohol you consume
- Drunk driving
- Distressed by the idea of not drinking
- Prioritizing drinking over family, social life, or work
Early-Stage: Occasional binge drinking.
Chronic-Stage: This is characterized by someone drinking every day and has probably done so for years. You’ll typically begin to see people have issues such as job losses and family conflicts during this stage.
End-Stage: A person’s entire life is based around drinking. It’s incredibly difficult to stop at this time because of withdrawal and habit. Professional intervention is required.
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We prioritize professional rehabilitation for anyone suffering from alcohol and drug addiction in Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic region. Our facility is safe, clean, and supported by an excellent team ready to help. We give you the knowledge, tools, and support system necessary to help end addiction. It’s important to us to help you pursue sobriety, stay clean, live your life happily and addiction free. We work with both individuals and families in order to end the cycle of addiction and establish an aftercare process for patients once they leave our care.