Unfortunately, it is rather easy to miss the early outset of alcohol addiction which can be reversible without any particular difficulties. the culture of drinking alcohol is rather popular in the majority of countries where it is not only regarded as something normal but it is also encouraged by a society. For people living in such societies, it is difficult to notice the problems related to the early stage of alcoholism and actually, this malaise is associated with more severe conditions.
This article will help you to understand some of the changes in the life of an individual which might be signalling of an increasing problem with alcohol consumption.
The group of one’s friends consists only of people who drinks alcohol
It is very typical for people developing an alcohol addiction to gradually lose all of their friends who are not thus interested in drinking. Certainly, this happens because addicts prefer spending time having alcohol. At the same, anything which does not allow them to enjoy alcohol including work, household chores and even their families are regarded negatively.
At the same time, it can also happen that a person prefers to resign from his or her group of friends because it seems no communication is possible with these people of there is no alcohol.
It is crucial to pay attention to the people one is communicating with. A fulfilling social life cannot depend on alcohol. If it is difficult to talk to your friends before you have some alcohol or you do not even see any point in meeting them if there is no perspective for drinking, this can be an indication of a serious problem.
Certainly, it is possible to forget the events of a party even if it was the very first time a person consumed alcohol at all. Still, overconsumption of alcohol gradually leads to serious impairment of the memory function. First, it can be noticed by the decrease of the function when a person finds it more and more difficult to remember new information. Yet, with time it becomes worse and a person starts forgetting about the things which one is supposed to remember regardless of his or her intellectual abilities. This symptom should not be neglected as well.
The amount of the alcohol needed for getting drunk is increasing
Just like it happens in the case of any other addiction, people suffering from alcohol abuse have to consume more and more alcohol in order to gain the same effects. As you probably know a body has a capacity to adapt to the changing environment which is important for survival in many situations, however, when it comes to substance abuse or behavioural addictions, it can be rather disturbing for a person.
No matter whether one has already developed an addiction to alcohol, he or she is gradually developing tolerance to alcohol. A person who has never drunk alcohol before can get a pleasant buzz of alcohol after having just a couple of gulps of wine. With time, the amount of alcohol required by body is getting larger and larger and alcohol addicts seem to be especially tolerant to alcohol.
Unfortunately, this is not what one should be proud of as it is not any super skill developed by a body. It just means that the body is changing its metabolism and has ceased to react to alcohol as to a toxin. This can be detrimental to health. Even though many people fear drugs while being positive about overconsumption of alcohol, in the reality treating alcoholism is one of the most challenging tasks of rehabilitation centres. The change in metabolism in the case of alcohol can get thus severe that it is even nor recommended to stop drinking alcohol altogether as it can literally kill an alcoholic whose body needs ethanol for functioning.