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AUD - UNDERSTANDING YOUR ALCOHOLISM

Alcoholism, or alcohol dependence, is a disease that causes

  • Craving - a strong need to drink
  • Loss of control - not being able to stop drinking once you've started
  • Physical dependence - withdrawal symptoms
  • Tolerance - the need to drink more alcohol to feel the same effect

With alcohol abuse, you are not physically dependent, but you still have a serious problem. The drinking may cause problems at home, work, or school. It may cause you to put yourself in dangerous situations, or lead to legal or social problems.

Another common problem is binge drinking. It is drinking about five or more drinks in two hours for men. For women, it is about four or more drinks in two hours.

Too much alcohol is dangerous. Heavy drinking can increase the risk of certain cancers. It can cause damage to the liver, brain, and other organs. Drinking during pregnancy can harm your baby. Alcohol also increases the risk of death from car crashes, injuries, homicide, and suicide.

You may have an AUD if you can answer yes to two or more of these questions:

In the past year, have you:

  • Ended up drinking more or for a longer time than you had planned to?
  • Wanted to cut down or stop drinking, or tried to, but couldn't?
  • Spent a lot of your time drinking, or recovering from drinking?
  • Felt a strong need to drink?
  • Found that drinking - or being sick from drinking - often interfered with your family life, job, or school?
  • Kept drinking even though it was causing trouble with your family or friends?
  • Given up or cut back on activities that you enjoyed just so you could drink?
  • Gotten into dangerous situations while drinking or after drinking? Some examples are driving drunk and having unsafe sex.
  • Kept drinking even though it was making you feel depressed or anxious? Or when it was adding to another health problem?
  • Had to drink more and more to feel the effects of the alcohol?
  • Had withdrawal symptoms when the alcohol was wearing off? They include trouble sleeping, shakiness, irritability, anxiety, depression, restlessness, nausea, and sweating. In severe cases, you could have a fever, seizures, or hallucinations.

If you have any of these symptoms, your drinking may already be a cause for concern. The more symptoms you have, the more serious the problem is. If you think you might have an AUD, see your health care provider for an evaluation. Your provider can help make a treatment plan, prescribe medicines, and if needed, give you treatment referrals.

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How to Overcome Addiction

Drug Abuse is a very harmful thing. It has become a very serious issue nowadays in the United States.There are so many problems and diseases that may be caused by drug abuse but the most common issue regarding drug abuse is the high risk of getting into some severe addiction.Drug abuse has the worst effects on a person's mental health as well as physical health.

The younger the person is, the more will be the chances for an individual to get addicted to some drugs.When the youngsters and teens get addicted to some substance or drug, it leads them to some pattern of unsafe responses ad behavior like unsafe sex or unsafe driving. Another main problem which is the major cause of the increase in the number of drug addicts is the availability of these drugs in the market. Their availability motivates the teens and youngsters to get into some dangerous and harmful drugss like " Club Drugs" that may lead to some serious mental and physical issues mentioned below:

  • Memory Loss
  • damaged lungs
  • Kidney and Liver Failure
  • mental health issues
  • Addiction
  • Injury caused by intoxication
  • overdose or death
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