Symptoms of Chronic Alcohol Abuse

Most people know that alcoholics abuse alcohol, but the line between social drinking and chronic alcohol abuse can sometimes become blurred. While behavior like occasional “binge” drinking is extremely damaging to the body’s health, long-term, chronic alcohol use can be just as devastating to one’s health, but is perhaps more subtle in its effects as the alcohol gradually builds in the addict’s system. The Vista Bay drug rehab professionals would be happy to discuss your or a loved one’s drinking patterns to help you determine if chronic abuse is a problem. Just call 800-556-8885.

What Is Chronic Alcohol Abuse?

An addict is someone who is chemically dependent on a drug of choice—in this case, alcohol. When someone abuses alcohol on a chronic basis, their bodies become so used to alcohol that the addicts feel sick when they don’t drink. This leads to constant drinking and other behaviors associated with chronic alcoholism, such as:

  • Drinking at odd times of day, such as the morning or during the work or school day.
  • Drinking more than two drinks per day (men) or more than one drink per day (women).
  • Hiding how much they drink from other people because they’re afraid someone will notice. This may even involve hopping from one bar to another or from one alcohol store to another.
  • Concentration slipping. Responsibilities such as school grades or work performance may suffer.
  • Loss of sense of time. Chronic abusers may frequently be late for responsibilities or other events—or they may miss them altogether.
  • Inability to enjoy themselves without alcohol.

If you suspect chronic alcoholism, look for physical symptoms, too. These symptoms become especially pronounced between drinks as the addict’s body starts going into withdrawal.

Chronic Alcohol Abuse Symptoms

Some symptoms of chronic alcoholism are more apparent than others; if you suspect chronic abuse from any behaviors that match the typical alcoholic’s patterns, you may also notice these physical symptoms:

  • Frequent redness of the skin (flushing), particularly in the face
  • Digestive difficulties
  • Trembling or shakiness
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Extreme weight loss or gain

Symptoms can also be as serious as increased risk of cancer, diabetes, seizures and even death. It’s essential that you get in touch with Vista Bay at 800-556-8885 before symptoms progress to their worst possibilities. Even if symptoms have already gotten that bad, that’s all the more reason for you or your loved one to wake up and quit—and there’s no better place at which to finally break free from addiction than at Vista Bay, where more than 7 out of 10 of our graduates stay addiction-free in the long term.

Getting Help for Chronic Alcohol Abuse

If you or a loved one exhibits any of the common chronic alcohol abuse symptoms, call a drug rehab professional at Vista Bay immediately. The sooner we can address the problem, the safer the addict will be. Sudden withdrawal from alcohol can prove dangerous, far more dangerous even than most sudden withdrawals from narcotics. Only under professional supervision can your safety or your loved one’s safety be assured during recovery.

Call now! Vista Bay professionals are standing by at 800-556-8885 to help those who suffer from chronic alcohol abuse and their loved ones. Alternatively, you can complete our online contact form.

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