Is Alcohol Affecting My Daily Life?

Is Alcohol Affecting My Daily Life?On a daily basis many people awaken from a good night’s sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, take care of personal hygiene, engage in interpersonal relationships, go to work or school, exercise, eat a healthy dinner, participate in a stress-relieving activity and then get a good night’s sleep. If alcohol affects any of these activities, then it interferes with your daily life.

Amount of Alcohol Consumed

The stomach absorbs alcohol and directs it into the bloodstream, which takes it to all the body’s tissues. The effects of alcohol dependent on any of the following factors:

  • Height
  • Weight
  • Age
  • Gender
  • The amount of food consumed
  • The amount of alcohol consumed

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Dietary Guidelines for Americans, drinking in moderation is defined as having up to 1 drink per day for women and 2 for men.

Effects of Alcohol

Even after just a few drinks, people may experience any of the following effects:

  • Loss of restrain
  • Dizziness
  • Talkativeness
  • Slurred speech
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Impaired judgment
  • Lack of coordination
  • Increased aggression
  • Hangovers including headache, nausea, thirst, dizziness and fatigue

These effects impact people physically, emotionally, mentally and behaviorally.

Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

If you think that alcohol affects your daily life, attempt to quit using alcohol. If you have been consistently drinking alcohol for an extended period of time, you may experience withdrawal symptoms that can include the following problems:

  • Severe anxiety
  • Tremors
  • Hallucinations
  • Convulsions

If you experience any of these issues, consult a medical professional to wean alcohol from your body so that you can quit drinking without experiencing these symptoms any worse.

What Is Alcohol Abuse and Addiction?

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, alcohol addiction (alcoholism) is a progressive debilitating disease that includes the following symptoms:

  • Cravings, or strong and continuing compulsion to drink
  • Tolerance, the need to drink increasing amounts of alcohol to feel the effects
  • Physical dependence, characterized by withdrawal symptoms
  • Loss of control, the inability to limit one’s drinking over time

Keep an eye on this progression; it is in your best interest to stop drinking before you have no control over consumption.

Prolonged Alcohol Addiction

Extended abuse of alcohol can put you at risk for the following problems:

  • Certain cancers such as those in the liver, rectum, colon, larynx, esophagus and kidneys
  • Diminished immune system
  • Cirrhosis of the liver
  • Brain damage
  • Increased chances of death from motor vehicle accidents, work-related and recreational accidents and injuries and of homicides and suicides

If you question your use of alcohol, seek professional assistance before you put yourself at significant risk.

Get Help for Alcohol Addiction

If you or someone you know is addicted to alcohol, call our toll-free helpline today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about alcohol addiction treatment.