Alcohol abuse has many devastating effects on everyone who is involved; the individual, their family, friends and even strangers.
These effects leave a deep imprint in the lives of people and can be extremely traumatic. The experiences people have which are related to alcoholism are very seldom positive and can cause ripples that travel far into the future.
Social drinking is very common amongst all populations and seems to form a fundamental part of our interactions with people.
These social encounters that involve drinking more than one or two alcoholic beverages may seem completely innocent but may very well build stepping stones towards more serious behavioural patterns such as binge drinking and alcohol addiction.
Binge drinking is often described as drinking more than 5 drinks within a two-hour period for men and for women, more than 4 drinks within a two-hour period.
With excessive alcohol consumption in a short space of time or binge drinking, comes very serious consequences. Although some may gain overall confidence and euphoria after one or two drinks, as the number of drinks increase, so do the associated risks.
Some of the short terms effects of alcohol abuse include:
Although the short-term effects of alcohol abuse are unpleasant, most of the effects can be managed and do not last long. However, these effects inevitably cause more long-term issues that mostly cannot be reversed. It is important to understand that long-term alcohol abuse is usually a symptom of a deeper, underlying issue. These issues may be associated with childhood trauma, depression or unbearable stress.
Focus should be on dealing with the relevant issue in order to ultimately overcome the addiction. It is not uncommon for people to use alcohol to numb their pain or forget their feelings and although this brings temporary relief, there are serious health issues that follow as a result.
Some of the long-term side effects of alcohol abuse:
Alcohol addiction is very serious and should be recognised and treated accordingly. These devastating effects can be avoided. If you or anyone you know is struggling with alcohol addiction, seek the necessary help as soon as possible.
The AUDIT (Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test) was developed by the World Health Organization (WHO). The test correctly classifies 95% of people into either alcoholics or non-alcoholics. It was tested on 2000 people before being published.
To take this test, follow this link.
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