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The Symptoms of Drinking Too Much Alcohol

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The signs of drinking too much alcohol include many symptoms. Some signs are physical bloating, darkened skin around the eyes, weight gain, depressive or suicidal thoughts, and stomach issues.

Drinking too much alcohol can seriously affect your physical and mental health. Excessive alcohol consumption has been linked to many serious health issues, including liver disease and heart disease, as well as increases the risk of cancer. Unfortunately, while it’s well-known that excessive drinking can lead to these long-term health issues, most people don’t recognize the short-term symptoms of alcohol abuse.

Knowing the signs of drinking too much can help you or a loved one get the help needed to avoid more serious problems. In this article, we’ll go over the common symptoms of drinking too much alcohol and provide information on how to get help.

How Do You Measure Your Drinking

Measuring your drinking can help you stay in control and ensure you’re drinking responsibly. The easiest way to measure your drinking is to keep track of the number of standard drinks you consume.

A standard drink is any drink containing about 14 grams of pure alcohol. This unit is usually found in 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, and 5 ounces of distilled spirits.

Knowing the amounts of alcohol you consume is important because it helps determine your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level. BAC is a measurement of the amount of alcohol in your bloodstream and is expressed as a percentage. Knowing your BAC level can help you understand how alcohol affects you and ensure you stay safe.

How Much is Too Much?

Alcohol consumption is a part of many cultures and can be enjoyed in moderation. Too much alcohol, however, can lead to serious health consequences.

Heavy drinking is defined as more than three drinks per day or seven per week for women. For men, heavy drinking is more than four drinks per day or fourteen per week. Another definition is that “heavy use” is “five or more drinks on the same occasion, on each of five or more days in the past 30 days.”

You can break down heavy drinking further by defining binge drinking. Physicians define binge drinking as four or more drinks in two hours for women and five or more drinks in two hours for men. Binge drinkers don’t always drink every day, but when they do, they drink in excess.

A new study found that about 70% of all American adults drink alcohol at least now and then. About 30% of Americans report excessive drinking, and 3.5% have alcohol use disorder. Depending on risk factors, alcohol use disorder can be easily developed.

These rates are higher among heavy drinkers (10%) and binge drinkers. 4% of people reported binge drinking once or twice a month. 30% of people also report binge drinking 10 or more times a month.

Signs Your Body is Telling You You’re Drinking Too Much

Drinking too much can have both short-term and long-term effects on one’s body. The physical and psychological symptoms vary and can depend on the person’s metabolism, tolerance, and how much alcohol was consumed. Despite the prevalence of the myth, there is no evidence that different types of alcohol cause different behaviors or emotions.

Physical

In the short term, drinking may cause fluctuations in body temperature as the blood vessels to widen, making the inebriated feel warmer, but this actually causes heat to escape the body faster. Similarly, this causes an increase in heart rate and blood pressure. Too much alcohol can lead to alcohol poisoning, organ damage, an increased risk of breast cancer, and even death.

Alcohol can cause extensive damage to the pancreas and the liver. Overconsumption of alcohol can also lead to pancreatitis, a painful inflammation of the pancreas that often requires hospitalization. Evidence suggests that alcohol is one of the most common causes of both acute and chronic pancreatitis.

Psychological

Psychological symptoms of alcohol use include slurred speech, confusion, poor coordination, and impaired judgment. Additionally, drinking can lead to bouts of major depression.

Similarly, some people may experience Alcohol psychosis. Alcohol psychosis, also known as alcohol hallucinosis, refers to symptoms of psychosis that a person may experience while intoxicated or going through alcohol withdrawal. Medically, alcohol-related psychosis is similar to schizophrenia but has been found to be a separate condition. Symptoms include hallucinations, paranoia, and bouts of fear.

Signs of an Alcohol Problem

Alcohol use disorder, commonly known as alcoholism, is a serious problem that affects millions of people around the world. It is characterized by heavy drinking, drinking more than the recommended amounts of alcohol, and an inability to control drinking habits. An alcohol issue can be the next step after moderate alcohol consumption becomes a habit.

Signs of an alcohol problem include drinking more than intended, an inability to stop drinking, drinking in dangerous situations, and an inability to meet obligations due to drinking. Other signs may include blackouts, withdrawal symptoms when unable to drink, neglecting responsibilities, and drinking to cope with negative emotions.

When is it Time for Treatment?

For many people struggling with alcohol use, the answer is now. Alcohol use can have serious consequences, including health problems, financial difficulties, and relationship issues. Treatment for alcohol use can help individuals learn to manage their drinking and reduce or eliminate its associated risks. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol use, it may be time to seek help from a qualified professional.

At Agape Detox, we pride ourselves on our highly trained and compassionate healthcare staff. We offer medically supported detox services, inpatient rehab, dual diagnosis treatment for co-occurring disorders, and numerous options in therapy. Thankfully, getting help can be easy if you know where to start, so call today at (855) 948-2936 or look us up online to begin.

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