Alcohol Abuse Signs & Symptoms

What is Alcohol Abuse?

Alcohol abuse occurs when someone develops a drinking habit or becomes preoccupied with alcohol. How do you know it’s becoming a problem? While some people may appear to be able to function, drinking often becomes uncontrolled or may interfere with one’s wellbeing or disrupt activities of daily living.

Alcohol is the most commonly abused substance among teenagers in the United States. Excessive drinking is responsible for more than 4,500 deaths among underage youth each year, and it costs the U.S. $24 billion each year on average. Although drinking under the age of 21 is illegal, people aged 12 to 20 years drink 11 percent of all alcohol consumed in the United State with more than 90 percent of this alcohol consumed in the form of binge drinking.

Alcohol is known to lessen inhibitions resulting in risky and even illegal behaviors, potentially leading to violence, drug abuse, and incarceration.

Alcohol Abuse Warning Signs & Risks

  • Have you ever tried to stop drinking for a week or longer but only lasted a couple of days?
  • Has your drinking ever caused you trouble at home?
  • Has your drinking ever caused you trouble with your job?
  • Have you ever felt the need to have a drink in the morning to curb shakiness?
  • Do you have “blackouts”? A blackout occurs when you have been drinking for a period of time and you cannot recall any events.
  • Do you drink when you are stressed out, disappointed, or are in a fight with someone?
  • Have you ever had withdrawal symptoms from alcohol? These can include a racing heart, nausea, vomiting, tremors, or seizures.
  • Have you ever operated a motor vehicle while under the influence?
  • Have you ever tried to hide your drinking habits from your friends or family?
  • Has anyone close to you expressed concern about your drinking?
  • Do you often find yourself in a hurry to have your first drink of the day?
  • Do you ever feel disappointed or uncomfortable if alcohol is not available in a social setting?

Symptoms of Acute Alcohol Intoxication

  • Slurred speech
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Flushed face
  • Drowsiness
  • Agitation
  • Violent or aggressive outbursts
  • Swaying, staggering or stumbling
  • Excessive perspiration
  • Alcohol on breath
  • Blank or dazed look
  • Disorientated

If you or someone you love displays the signs of unhealthy alcohol use, there is help. And because the risks associated with ongoing alcohol consumption are serious, don’t wait. Reach out to one of our treatment consultants and see what the options are. Help is here.

Alcohol Abuse Treatment

Alcohol treatment includes both a pharmacological approach and a psychotherapy approach. Medications are used to prevent cravings associated with alcohol, to lessen or prevent withdrawal effects associated with alcohol, and to induce unpleasant side effects when alcohol is consumed.

Behavioral therapy, family-based approaches, and recovery support systems such as Assertive Continuing Care, Mutual Help Groups, Peer Recovery Support Services, and Recovery High schools for teens are the mainstay of psychotherapy approaches used for alcohol treatment. Behavioral therapy focuses on identifying the negative feelings, thoughts and emotions driving the use alcohol and uses positive behavior approaches, coping skills and problem-solving techniques to prevent these thoughts and negative behaviors. Family therapy approaches are used to provide education to the family as a unit about addiction and focus on family stressors and negative behaviors that may present triggers for the client’s behavior.

We’re Here For You

If you or someone you know is struggling, we’re here for you. Discovery Mood and Anxiety Program specializes in treatment for mental health, substance abuse, and dual diagnoses, by creating unique programs to help every individual find their way to recovery. For more information, resources, or to consult with one of our specialists, call 714.828.0808.

What is Alcohol Abuse?

Alcohol abuse occurs when someone develops a drinking habit or becomes preoccupied with alcohol. How do you know it’s becoming a problem? While some people may appear to be able to function, drinking often becomes uncontrolled or may interfere with one’s wellbeing or disrupt activities of daily living.

Alcohol is the most commonly abused substance among teenagers in the United States. Excessive drinking is responsible for more than 4,500 deaths among underage youth each year, and it costs the U.S. $24 billion each year on average. Although drinking under the age of 21 is illegal, people aged 12 to 20 years drink 11 percent of all alcohol consumed in the United State with more than 90 percent of this alcohol consumed in the form of binge drinking.

Alcohol is known to lessen inhibitions resulting in risky and even illegal behaviors, potentially leading to violence, drug abuse, and incarceration.

Alcohol Abuse Warning Signs and Risks

If you or someone you love displays the signs of unhealthy alcohol use, there is help. And because the risks associated with ongoing alcohol consumption are serious, don’t wait. Reach out to one of our treatment consultants and see what the options are. Help is here.

  • Have you ever tried to stop drinking for a week or longer but only lasted a couple of days?
  • Has your drinking ever caused you trouble at home?
  • Has your drinking ever caused you trouble with your job?
  • Have you ever felt the need to have a drink in the morning to curb shakiness?
  • Do you have “blackouts”?  A blackout occurs when you have been drinking for a period of time and you cannot recall any events.
  • Do you drink when you are stressed out, disappointed, or are in a fight with someone?
  • Have you ever had withdrawal symptoms from alcohol?  These can include a racing heart, nausea, vomiting, tremors, or seizures.
  • Have you ever  operated a motor vehicle while under the influence?
  • Have you ever tried to hide your drinking habits from your friends or family?
  • Has anyone close to you expressed concern about your drinking?
  • Do you often find yourself in a hurry to have your first drink of the day?
  • Do you ever feel disappointed or uncomfortable if alcohol is not available in a social setting?

Symptoms of Acute Alcohol Intoxication

If you or someone you love displays the signs of unhealthy alcohol use, there is help. And because the risks associated with ongoing alcohol consumption are serious, don’t wait. Reach out to one of our treatment consultants and see what the options are. Help is here.

  • Slurred Speech
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Flushed face
  • Drowsiness
  • Agitation
  • Violent or aggressive outbursts
  • Swaying, staggering or stumbling
  • Excessive perspiration
  • Alcohol on breath
  • Blank or dazed look
  • Disoriented

Alcohol Abuse Treatment

Alcohol treatment includes both a pharmacological approach and a psychotherapy approach. Medications are used to prevent cravings associated with alcohol, to lessen or prevent withdrawal effects associated with alcohol, and to induce unpleasant side effects when alcohol is consumed.

Behavioral therapy, family-based approaches, and recovery support systems such as Assertive Continuing Care, Mutual Help Groups, Peer Recovery Support Services, and Recovery High schools for teens are the mainstay of psychotherapy approaches used for alcohol treatment. Behavioral therapy focuses on identifying the negative feelings, thoughts and emotions driving the use alcohol and uses positive behavior approaches, coping skills and problem-solving techniques to prevent these thoughts and negative behaviors. Family therapy approaches are used to provide education to the family as a unit about addiction and focus on family stressors and negative behaviors that may present triggers for the client’s behavior.

We’re Here For You

If you or someone you know is struggling, we’re here for you. Discovery Mood and Anxiety Program specializes in treatment for mental health, substance abuse, and dual diagnoses, by creating unique programs to help every individual find their way to recovery. For more information, resources, or to consult with one of our specialists, call 714.828.0808.

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