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When a person drinks too much alcohol and too often, he or she could be at risk of developing alcoholism. Drinking alcohol can lead to serious mental and physical health problems. Alcohol affects the brain and can lead to liver failure, heart attack, overdose, and death. Many people experience accidents fueled by alcohol intake.
The harmful effects of alcohol
Alcoholism, or alcohol dependence, is a disease that causes craving, loss of control, physical dependence, and tolerance. Too much alcohol is dangerous. Heavy drinking can increase the risk of certain cancers and cause damage to the liver, brain, and other organs. “Drinking during pregnancy can harm your baby. Alcohol also increases the risk of death from car crashes, injuries, homicide, and suicide.” (NIH, U.S. National Library of Medicine).
Signs that your loved one has a problem with alcohol
- Drinks too much alcohol. Intervene with your loved one, but never label your loved one as an alcoholic.
- Experiences blackouts. When your loved one experiences blackouts, the part of the brain that forms memories is impaired. A person who has a blackout when he or she drinks is at risk of having more blackouts, which could cause dependency or alcoholism.
- Neglects responsibilities. When your spouse has a problem with alcohol, he or she might neglect responsibilities.
- Lies about drinking. A person who has a problem with alcohol lies about drinking alcohol or drinks secretly.
- Engages in risky behavior. When a person is drinking too much, he or she can act impulsively and irresponsibly.
- Frequent tardiness or absences from work or school. A person who has a drinking problem can experience a hangover the next day, causing him or her to be late for work or not go at all.
- Changes in mood. Sometimes a person who has a drinking problem will lose interest in activities he or she once enjoyed and become more irritable, depressed, or anxious.
If your loved one has a drinking problem, talk to him or her about treatment. Stay positive and encourage him or her to get help. When a person has a problem with alcohol, he or she might feel guilty or ashamed. Support your spouse and attend some group meetings to learn more about recovery. Do not wait – get help today.
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