While America is focused on tarnishing the reputation of what will most likely, undoubtedly be one of the best female track athletes in American history due to her poor decision and timing to use marijuana, the country refuses to have thorough conversations about society’s casual consumption and proliferation of alcoholic beverages.
We get it. It makes money. It always has. It’s probably one of the truest American past-times. Even despite Americans being some of the most religiously conservative people in the world, alcohol consumption has remained high on the list of forgivable sins, if it ever was a sin to begin with. After all, fermented beverages were used in early Hebrew practices and beyond. And of course, there are also the occasional stories of Biblical drunkenness.
If you are interested in learning more about alcohol dependency, here is a quick guide to help you determine if you are a loved one may need to seek further help.
What Are The Symptoms?
Depressants like alcohol lower inhibitions, increasing the likelihood of risk-taking behavior to the point of harm or even death. If you start to feel agitated or hear strange voices during or after a drink, it is time to come off the bottle. Unfortunately, alcohol dependence is one of the most challenging types of substance abuse to treat. This is because it is often more difficult for someone to admit they have a problem when compared to other forms of drug addiction. If you experience any of the following symptoms, it could be time to admit you have a problem:
Speaking with a slur: Slurred speech could indicate a range of health issues, but alcohol is likely the culprit if you are drinking heavily.
Reflexes become slower: If you find yourself unable to move efficiently or your movements are slow and unordered or uncoordinated, you may have a problem.
An inability to control movement: Shaking and suffering from tremors is an indicator of dependence. This will, unfortunately, get worse as you withdraw, but it eventually fixes itself.
Concentration problems: This is when you are unable to focus on things and are easily distracted. It could be from thinking about wanting another drink or that triggering factors affect your ability to concentrate.
Memory lapses: These can be mild to severe but are always concerning.
Making poor decisions: This typically happens when you are drinking rather than your sober moment. However, poor choices can occur at any time.
Behaving riskily: When you are drunk, you sometimes engage in risky behavior. This could be starting fights or driving under the influence.
Blackouts: These are usually the scariest symptoms of alcohol dependence. It happens when you stay conscious but have no memory of your actions.