Alcohol is a fluid that is clear and colorless. This liquid is made from the fermentation of sugars in various foods. These food items can include fruits, barley, potatoes, and other foods. When the sugars ferment, it means that they are reacting with the yeast or bacteria in the food products. Alcohol is produced as a result of this process. It’s classified as a depressant drug. It should be noted that a depressant is not necessarily a drug that lowers one’s mood. In fact, alcohol can sometimes seem to heighten one’s mood, at least for a period of time. The term ‘depressant’ doesn’t exactly refer to the emotions as much as it refers to the impact the drug has on the body itself. When a person is under the influence of this kind of substance, his or her body slows down. The alcohol actually depresses or slows, the body’s functions. As a result, a person may begin to have trouble performing otherwise easy tasks, such as walking or speaking.
Symptoms of Alcohol Dependence and Withdrawal
As an individual begins to drink more, his or her body may begin to build a tolerance for alcohol. This means that the body’s response to alcohol will change. The person will no longer get the same feeling after having a smaller amount of alcohol. So, the individual will need to drink more in order to get the same results that the lesser amount used to give. After a person’s tolerance level to alcohol sets in, dependence may become a problem. Alcohol dependence is a person’s need for alcohol. In other words, a person who is dependent on alcohol will feel that he or she can’t function properly or “normally” without the use of alcohol. Dependence happens when a person drinks too much alcohol too often. The symptoms and signs of this issue will vary. But, there are some common signs that can indicate that a person has an alcohol dependence problem. A few of those symptoms include:
- Drinking first thing in the morning
- Drinking alone
- Consuming alcohol to calm nerves
- Thinking about alcohol excessively
- Drinking in unsafe situations (i.e. before or while driving)
- Isolation and separation from others
- Avoidance of responsibilities
Many people who become dependent on alcohol, they sometimes drink alone or hide while drinking. Some become ashamed or guilty about their drinking habits. Others may become defensive when friends or family approach them about unhealthy drinking patterns. Alcohol dependence can make people feel alone, depressed, and anxious. It can also cause sleeping problems and unhealthy eating habits.
When people who are dependent on alcohol stop consuming the substance, they deal with the symptoms of withdrawal. These symptoms can make the person feel extremely uncomfortable. Withdrawal can be so intense that it drives people to start drinking again just to quiet the symptoms. When the body becomes physically dependent on alcohol, it becomes used to operating under the influence of alcohol. So, if a person stops drinking for a while, the body goes into somewhat of a shock as it craves alcohol. The person may experience headaches, nausea, vomiting, and excessive sweating. Other symptoms might include shaking or hallucinations.
About Alcohol Detox at Diablo Valley
The symptoms of withdrawal are very serious and can be quite extreme. That’s why it’s important to seek professional help when working to overcome alcohol dependence. Here at Diablo Valley Drug & Alcohol Services, we understand the challenges that people face as they end alcohol use and abuse. It can be hard to change your lifestyle after you’ve been physically or physiologically dependent on alcohol for a while. But, through our outpatient drug detox program, we help people to find their way to a new life. Since the program is outpatient, it allows people to continue with school or work and family responsibilities. Detoxing from alcohol use does not have to be a long, difficult, and painful process. Diablo Valley works to make it a comfortable and helpful journey for you. So, if you would like to become free from alcohol dependence, just contact us today.