Chronic drinking of alcohol can affect so many aspects of your life just like any other substance that is abused. Alcohol can put your employment, personal relationships, financial situations, and more at risk. It turns your whole world upside down and the worst of it; someone can get hurt or even killed. If you are lucky enough not to put someone in danger if you get behind the wheel; you put yourself in danger every time you consume more than one or two drinks a day and for alcoholics, that means we put ourselves in danger every time we pick up a drink.
For those who are casual drinkers that may only do it in social gatherings don’t get the same consequences as chronic drinkers do. Yeah maybe once in awhile a hangover will occur but for those who continuously drink, they start feeling and seeing the effects it has on them.
When a chronic drinker, or alcoholic, stops drinking they will start to notice withdrawal symptoms when they wake up in the morning once all the alcohol has left their system from the day before. Soon enough, heavy drinkers often become dependent on alcohol when they mentally obsess about drinking and physically cannot abstain from alcohol due to the fears and pains of withdrawal. This happens after chronic heavy drinking for years, months, and even weeks, depending on how much and how often alcohol is being consumed.
When Does Alcohol Withdrawal Start?
According to The National Library of Medicine (NIH), “alcohol withdrawal or detox symptoms usually occur within 8 hours after the last drink but can occur days later. Symptoms usually peak by 24 to 72 hours, but may go on for weeks.”
Alcohol Withdrawal symptoms often include:
- Anxiety or nervousness
- Jumpiness or shakiness
- Mood swings
- Not thinking clearly
- Sweating, clammy skin
- Enlarged (dilated) pupils
- Insomnia (sleeping difficulty)
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea and vomiting
- Rapid heart rate
- Tremor of the hands or other body parts
- Severe confusion
Significant bodily impairment, damage, or potentially death can result from the heavy drinking that alcoholics engage in. Heavy drinking is defined by drinking eight drinks or more per week for women, and 15 or more for men.
Chronic drinking is a health risk for everyone that drinks. Here are the ten most common health risks of chronic drinking:
- Liver Disease
- Ulcers and gastrointestinal problems
- Immune system dysfunction
- Brain damage
- Malnourishment and vitamin deficiencies
- Hearth disease
- Accidents and injuries
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NCBI), Alcoholic liver disease (ALD)—and particularly cirrhosis—has long been one of the most prevalent and devastating conditions caused by alcohol consumption and is one of the leading causes of alcohol-related death. Liver cirrhosis is the 12th leading cause of death in the United States. There are many different types and stages of liver disease and what kind and what stage you are at can determine whether or not it is reversible.
Treatment for Alcohol Dependency
If you or a loved one are having trouble quitting alcohol and are experiencing withdrawals or noticing signs of liver damage, we at Allure Detox can help. Our alcohol detoxification protocol will help minimize withdrawal symptoms to a manageable level as you start the journey to sobriety.