In the UK Alcohol addiction is very common. There are severe problems that can be caused by alcoholism and since taking alcohol is accepted socially, many people tend to be in denial about their addiction.
Alcohol can decrease stress and self-consciousness and it is not illegal material in the UK. Some of the ways alcohol affect the users are a loss of balance and indistinct speech.
Many people drink alcohol, and they are not considered addicts, those who fall under the category of abusers are those whose life has been changed negatively since they started taking alcohol. Frequently, alcohol is ingested as a drink in a range of forms, such as beer, wine and hard Alcohol.
Beer is an alcoholic beverage made using yeast-fermented malt flavoured with hops. Beer has a least alcohol content by volume (AVC), as compared to hard Alcohol or wine.
The alcohol content (ABV) ranges from around 2 - 12% and the most commonly consumed beers in the UK are Budweiser, Stella Artois and Becks. To exceed the legal driving limit, it usually takes most people 2 to 3 beers.
Britain's drink beer during many social activities. There is hardly a gathering or sporting event in which beer is not involved be it the drinking games in most college campuses or the happy hour for the working class.
Microbreweries are becoming popular and is where the drinking establishment brews their own beer. Some of the craft beers being brewed do have one major problem and that is that they have a higher alcohol content than the average draft with some going as high as 12 percent.
Anyone who drinks beer whether only at social gatherings or only those who take only craft beer is at risk of becoming an alcoholic addict. A sign that you may have a problem is that you keep drinking even when everyone around you has stopped or you feel the need to drink in awkward or boring situations. Ask for help with a beer addiction now.
Wine is made up of fermented grapes and many fruits like pomegranates or berries. Wine comes in various flavors and is usually either red or white.
Well known white wines include Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and Moscato while red wines include Pinot Noir, Merlot, Zinfandel and Cabernet. Wine is based on grapes types.
Wine usually contains more alcohol concentration form than beer. A small glass of wine around 5 oz is equivalent in alcohol content to a 12oz glass of beer. Mostly wine is consumed at parties and with gourmet cheese and wafer pairings. As wine is considered a stylish beverage and therefore, more difficult to spot if someone is abusing it.
64% of women in the UK drink wine as opposed to 33% of men. This means that there are more women with wine use disorder in the UK. This is not to say that both men and women can't become addicted to drinking wine. There is a major problem with those people who are using and drinking wine excessively to fight with stress and anxiety. Seek help to combat wine dependency.
Alcohol is used as umbrella term for intense alcoholic drinks like tequila, vodka, gin, rum and whiskey. Spirits are normally mixed with soft drinks or water since they have a much higher alcohol content compared to wine and beer. A standard measure of a spirit is 25ml. A shot is when a shot glass is filled with a spirit and consumed neat. Spirits that have a carbonated mixer will be absorbed into the bloodstream faster and therefore the drinker will become intoxicated more quickly. There is a higher risk of abuse when taking shots due to the reduced amount of liquid and this can lead to faster drunkenness.
Many drinkers state that they feel different effects of intoxication when they consume different alcoholic drinks. Science has still to demonstrate this, with researches showing that alcohol generates equal symptoms in everybody, despite the kind of beverage being ingested. Depending on the social circumstances where the alcohol is consumed could make the drinker lose the perception of how drunk they are. Having a glass of wine during dinner may result in a happy, lethargic feeling while a couple of tequila shots at a party results in a different kind of intoxication.
A person who feels like they can't start or finish their day without a particular drink is likely to be suffering from serious alcohol use disorder. No matter what type of alcohol is consumed the risk of addiction is the same. It is time to seek help for your alcohol addiction.
Men who drink more than five alcoholic drinks in a two-hour period, and women who drink more than four are classified as binge drinkers; they are considered risk drinkers. A person who binge drinks only on occasion may be able to stop themselves. Sometimes the users may find it difficult to quit alcohol without any type of help. Alcoholism can easily develop if a person binge drinks for an extended period.
As a central nervous system (CNS) depressant, alcohol reduces psychological and physical processes. From the very first alcoholic drink consumption the drinker may have a sense of calm as feelings of stress start to disappear. Alcohol can make a person feel more sociable and have more confidence in meeting new people for the first time.
Since alcohol is legal and broadly welcomed in society, it may be difficult to notice the divergence between occasional use and abuse. When alcohol causes harmful actions, its consumption has then become abuse. Some negative consequences of alcohol include:
If one continues to abuse alcohol, they soon develop a dependency.
Alcoholism is when the person has an inability to stop drinking and the craving is such that even serious health issues or marriage problems are not enough for them to quit. Frequent drinking of more alcohol than intended, being unable to stop - even if you want to, building up a tolerance to alcohol, drinking alone and first thing in the morning, the inability to put anything else first and always looking for a time and place to have a drink are all signs of alcohol addiction. To find out if you may have a drinking problem, try taking our quiz.
High-functioning alcoholism is a specific type of alcoholism. A person who is able to work or continue with their personal life and work without them being affected by their drinking problem is called a high-functioning alcoholic.
According to an article in the New York Times, half the alcoholics are high-functioning alcoholics. Attorneys, professors, and medical professionals form the bigger part of this group.
Until the time when they'll face a serious problem due to alcohol use, high-functioning alcoholics rarely see their alcohol use as a problem. On of the most dangerous things about high-functioning alcoholism is that an individual never know that they have any problem while drinking for years.
In today's world, it is normal to see alcohol being taken in combination with other drugs. When alcohol is mixed with drugs such as Benzodiazepines or certain pain killers, this can be quite dangerous since all these drugs are CNS suppressants. Alone, alcohol is dangerous enough but when mixed with other substances, its potency becomes deadly.
You don't have to face the recovery process by yourself. Some people find it difficult to fight with alcohol addiction or hard to quit alcohol on their own. Help is available in the form of support groups that are designed for that purpose. A rehabilitation that focuses on treating alcohol addiction can greatly improve your odds of recovery. Contact with anyone today on 0800 246 1509.