I think most of us have heard about Alcohol Addiction right?
Nowadays it has become the most conventional and worth worrying topic of our society. And why not, this hazardous substance has destroyed and will be destroying a lot of young lives, their families and a bright future. Thus it is important for all of us to know about this disorder in much depth and knowledgeable way.
So let’s start by defining what exactly Alcohol Use Disorder is –
It has a pattern of alcohol use that involves problems controlling your drinking, being preoccupied with alcohol, continuing to use it even when it causes problems, having to drink more to get the same effect or having withdrawal symptoms when you rapidly decrease/stop drinking.
It also includes binge drinking – a pattern of drinking where a male consumes 5 or more drinks within 2 hours or a female downs at least 4 drinks within 2 hours.
I think the way that I defined this disorder is relatable to each person reading this and might have seen or experienced the same thing.
Alcohol use disorder can include periods of alcohol intoxication and symptoms of withdrawal:
a) Alcohol intoxication: increase in the amount of alcohol in your bloodstream causing behaviour problems and mental changes including blackouts, slurred speech, poor coordination etc.
b) Alcohol withdrawal: when alcohol use is heavy and prolonged and then is stopped or gently reduced. Symptoms include sweating, nausea, seizures, anxiety, rapid heartbeat etc.
So, next, we come to the symptomology of this disorder as it is really important to know how the disorder is seen developing in people:
So this is how we can identify if a person is developing or has developed this disorder.
This disorder occurs in mid-teens, that is from 20 years of age and a large majority is of the late 30s. The earliest onset is observed in adolescents. It is also important to know what the causes of this disorder are because as we all know without the reason no one is able to cure a problem. So there are various causes of a disorder to occur, let’s discuss them:
People with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and antisocial personality disorder lead to an increased rate of developing alcohol use disorder.
Thus, this is all about this disorder. It is very important for all of us to know about this harmful disorder and keep trying to prevent from developing it and trying to cope with it.
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