Some people get too drunk one time in high school, experience a severe hangover, and successfully avoid alcohol for the remainder of their lives. Other people get too drunk in high school, get too drunk in college, and continue drinking excessively for the remainder of their adult lives. However, most men and women who have dabbled in alcohol consumption have experienced severe consequences – usually short-lived consequences, but severe all the same.
How many times have you woken up with a pounding headache and a sick, sinking feeling in your stomach after a night of booze-fueled debauchery? How many times have you vowed to quit drinking entirely, only to find yourself back at the bar a couple of weeks later? Many people go through a similar experience, and as they get older and begin taking on more and more responsibilities, the length between drunken nights grows longer and longer. By the time they have high-powered careers and families of their own, many people have completely given up drinking (except social drinking on occasion and in moderation). Unfortunately, this isn’t possible for everyone.
Potential Physical Dependence After Alcohol Misuse
Some people develop a physical dependence on alcohol over time and eventually lose control over their drinking habits. As a result, they consume alcohol compulsively, and when they attempt to quit, they begin experiencing severe withdrawal symptoms. If you or someone you love has developed a serious drinking problem, Agape Treatment Center is available to help. We treat the root causes of alcoholism and provide each of our clients with the healthy coping mechanisms they need to maintain fulfilling sobriety for years to come.
Experiences Signs of Drinking Too Much Alcohol
The symptoms a person experiences, when they drink too much, depends on the following factors:
- Their age
- Their weight
- How quickly their body can process alcohol
- Whether or not they combine alcohol with any other chemical substances
- How much alcohol they consumed
- Whether or not they drank a sufficient amount of water at the same time
- How long they have been engaging in heavy alcohol use
Short-Term Effects of Alcohol Use
There are short and long-term effects of excessive alcohol consumption. Short-term effects include:
- Slurred speech and inability to speak clearly
- Excessive clumsiness
- Lapses in memory, also known as blackouts
- A complete loss of consciousness
- A distorted sense of perception
- Nausea and vomiting
- Persistent headache
- An increase in risk-taking activities, like driving while intoxicated or engaging in promiscuous sex with strangers.
- Falling or being unable to stand up straight
Long-Term Effects of Alcohol Abuse
The long-term effects of excessive alcohol consumption include:
- The development of certain psychological issues like anxiety and depression
- Malnutrition and vitamin deficiencies
- Permanent damage is done to the brain and the central nervous system
- Permanent damage is done to the immune system and immune system functioning
- Certain types of cancer
- Stomach ulcers and other gastrointestinal issues
- Liver disease and pancreatitis
- Permanent damage is done to the heart muscle and other cardiovascular issues.
- The development of a physical and psychological dependence
- The development of a physical tolerance, meaning that a greater quantity of alcohol needs to be consumed for the desired effects to be produced
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when alcohol use is stopped suddenly, which can lead to life-threatening complications
Overcome Alcoholism at Agape Treatment Center
If you or someone you love has been struggling with an alcohol abuse disorder of any severity, medically monitored detox is often a necessary first step. The symptoms of alcohol withdrawal can be dangerous and even life-threatening when left untreated. At Agape Treatment Center, we focus on a comprehensive approach to recovery, providing our clients with numerous levels of clinical care.
We believe in a whole-person approach to recovery, tackling the physical, mental and emotional implications of alcoholism and alcohol abuse. We understand how difficult it can be to overcome an alcohol abuse disorder because heavy drinking is societal. However, with the right tools in place, anyone can overcome alcoholism and go on to leave the healthy and fulfilling life they deserve. Contact us today to learn more about our effective program of alcohol addiction recovery.