What is Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism?

What Defines Alcohol Abuse?

Alcohol abuse is a pattern of drinking that interferes with an individual’s physical and mental health, social relationships, family, and/or job responsibilities. Recreational consumption of alcohol is widely accepted in American society. The transition from what may seem like harmless drinking in a social setting can easily turn into alcohol abuse. It is not easy, however, to define who suffers from alcohol abuse. Many individuals can drink without experiencing harmful effects and many drink responsibly. Depending on the individual’s level of alcohol abuse, they may be able to control their alcohol intake. However, a variety of biological and environmental factors are involved in what defines alcohol abuse. Alcohol abuse can also be associated with mental health problems, or co-occurring disorders, such as anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder. The bottom line is: If drinking causes problems in your life, you have a drinking problem. You may suffer from alcohol abuse, or even alcoholism. Recreational alcohol use turns into alcohol abuse once alcohol consumption involves dangerous, neglectful and self-destructive behavior. Not all individuals with alcohol abuse will succumb to alcoholism, but it is nonetheless a big risk for those with alcohol abuse. The risks of developing alcoholism, or alcohol addiction, from alcohol abuse vary with each individual depending on their situational environment.

When Does Alcohol Abuse Become Alcoholism?

Alcoholism, also known as alcohol addiction or alcohol dependence, is a progressive disease characterized by a strong craving for alcohol and/or continued use despite harm or personal injury. Alcoholism is worse than alcohol abuse. Alcoholism is alcohol abuse with physical dependence on alcohol, including binge drinking. Alcohol abuse becomes alcoholism when the drinker has alcohol craving, increased tolerance, and withdrawal symptoms. Whether they know it or not, individuals suffering from alcohol abuse are at risk for even greater alcohol addiction (alcoholism). The physical and mental reliance on alcohol means an individual not only suffers from alcohol abuse, but also alcoholism. Family history and genetics can also play a role in alcoholism, however, this does not mean that there is no cure for alcoholism. Alcoholism can take over an individual’s life, devastating their career, their finances, and their family life.

Recognizing Your Alcohol Addiction (Signs and Symptoms)

One of the notable changes when an individual becomes alcohol dependent is alcohol tolerance. During their days of alcohol abuse, they may have been able to limit their alcohol intake, now however, the individual drinks a lot more than they used to to feel the same effects. This is similar to the switch from drug abuse to drug addiction. Excessive alcohol abuse leaves your body physically dependent. You may begin to feel anxious, depressed, and irritable, or even start shaking and sweating profusely. Having a drink to relieve yourselves of this alcohol withdrawal symptoms is indicative of alcoholism and alcohol addiction. Your alcoholism has created a loss of control over your drinking, an inability to quit drinking, and a loss of interest in your hobbies, work, and family. Similar to drug addiction, your alcoholism is causing you problems, but you persist with excessive alcohol abuse and continue to drink away. Furthermore, recognizing your alcohol abuse and alcoholism is not easy. Instead, you are in denial of suffering from alcoholism and may even justify and rationalize your drinking patterns. You may tell yourself that your alcohol abuse and alcoholism is not causing problems in your life or you may even blame others. Individuals often find ways to discredit their alcohol abuse and alcoholism, but friends and family members may recognize it and are hurting from it.

Getting Help For Alcoholism and Alcohol Addiction

It is imperative for an individual suffering from alcohol abuse and alcoholism to seek alcohol addiction treatment. The tolls of alcohol abuse and alcoholism can be life threatening for the individual and the lives of those around them. Alcohol abuse and alcoholism has played a factor in domestic violence, homicides, and automobile accidents. When an individual’s alcohol abuse or alcoholism has negatively impacted their life and the lives of those around them, it is time they commit to alcohol addiction treatment. Alcoholism, and alcohol abuse if the individual is succumbing to alcohol addiction, should be treated by an alcohol addiction treatment center. The hardest part will be for an individual to accept that they need help with their alcohol abuse or alcoholism. Family members or friends may have to intervene if their alcohol abuse and alcoholism has taken over their loved one. The important thing to note is that help for alcoholism and alcohol abuse is available. There are others who have been victims of alcohol abuse and alcoholism that have made the change towards a life of sober living. Once you have made the decision to quit drinking, you will begin to see how rewarding a life of sober living free from alcohol abuse and alcoholism can be.

Alcoholism Addiction Treatment Center

There are many alcoholism treatment programs and alcohol rehab centers to choose from. Finding the right alcoholism treatment program and alcohol rehab is not an easy task. The Florida House Experience is a nationally recognized premier sober living drug and alcohol addiction treatment center located in sunny South Florida, less than a mile from the beautiful coastline. Our alcohol detox and alcohol rehab center are private and luxurious facilities, for your highest level of comfort to overcome alcohol abuse and alcoholism. We have an exceptional, licensed and trained clinical and medical staff with a 2:1 staff to patient ratio, to give specialized care and attention to each individual. Those seeking help from their alcoholism and alcohol abuse come from all over the nation to our premier alcohol addiction treatment center and sober living community. Our services include half way house, sober living community, and alcohol counseling. Call our toll free addiction helpline NOW at 866-421-6242 (available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year) with any questions and concerns about alcohol abuse and alcoholism. We welcome Florida and out of state residents and treat everyone as a part of our “Florida House Family.”

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