Alcoholism or alcohol use disorders involve problems controlling drinking, which produces withdrawal symptoms when tried to stop rapidly.
According to WHO, every year, 3 million people are killed due to alcohol. 13.5% of the total deaths of adults aged between 20-39 years is attributed to alcohol .
Alcohol withdrawal can occur when alcohol consumption has been heavy and prolonged and is then stopped or significantly reduced.
● Treatment can help, difficult to cure
● Usually self-diagnosable
● Lab tests or imaging not required
● Chronic: can last for years or be lifelong
An alcohol-use disorder can include periods of alcohol intoxication. Alcohol intoxication results as the amount of alcohol in your bloodstream increases. The higher the blood alcohol concentration is, the more impaired you become. Unhealthy alcohol use, i.e., above the upper limits induces several problems like:
● Distress and reduced functioning in routine activities
● Feeling an intense craving or urge to drink alcohol
● Drastic reduction in social activities
Withdrawal symptoms include nausea, sweating, shaking, hallucinations, restlessness, agitation, anxiety and rapid heartbeat.
Willingness to prohibit alcohol consumption at initial stages; self-control and motivation are the most effective treatment. However, it is not easy and always require a team of physician, psychiatrist and family support.
Sedatives and multi-vitamins are recommended to lower the symptoms of alcohol-related disorders.
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