What Is Alcohol Abuse?

Alcohol abuse is not something that should be taken lightly otherwise it might turn into an addiction or might result in a serious disorder. Alcohol abuse is a pattern where a person consumes large quantities of alcohol, way too often. This pattern of behaviour grows to such an extent that it starts interfering with the person’s daily life.

If a person is drinking too much alcohol in one go or too frequently in the week then they have an alcohol abuse problem, which might harm the person’s relationships, health, work and legal issues. Also, this can interfere with a person’s functionality and productivity at the workplace, or in other parts of a person’s life.

Alcohol abuse can eventually result in alcohol dependency and alcoholism while consuming large quantities of alcohol in a single sitting can cause alcohol poisoning. A person should always drink in moderation. A female should consume no more than one drink per day, while a man should consume no more than two drinks in one day. One drink, in this case, equals to:

  • 5 ounces of liquor (such as rum, whisky, and tequila)
  • 5 ounces of wine
  • 12 ounces of beer

How to Know When a Person Is Abusing Alcohol

  • Drinking 7 drinks in a week, or consuming 3 drinks or more on one occasion (in the case of women)
  • Drinking 14 drinks or more in a single week, or consuming 4 drinks or more on one occasion (in the case of men)
  • Drinking 7 drinks or more in a week, or consuming 3 drinks or more on one occasion (in the case of women and men who are older than 65 years of age)

What the Known Alcohol Abuse Symptoms Are

  • Not being able to stop drinking for more than a few days (less than a week)
  • Not being able to stop or control drinking once the person starts
  • A person abusing alcohol realizes that he/she needs to cut back or stop drinking
  • Not being able to perform well at home or at work due to drinking
  • Experiencing feelings of guilt after drinking
  • Other people might inform the person abusing alcohol that they have a drinking problem
  • Experiencing feelings of annoyance when being faced by criticism due to excessive drinking
  • Drinking in morning, after a night of heavy drinking to get oneself to function
  • Physically hurting oneself or someone else after excessive drinking due to violence or accidents
  • The person hides his/her drinking or alcohol abuse
  • Having memory lapses and blackouts due to excessive drinking
  • Being depressed
  • Getting tickets due to driving under the influence, or in other words, drunk driving
  • Drinking is causing issues with the alcohol abusing person’s relationships
  • Shaking of hands

Alcohol abuse has other harmful effects too on a person’s life and health. Excessive drinking can lead to liver diseases, accidents and even death. Excessive consumption of alcohol by a pregnant woman can result in her child being born with birth defects. Thus, it is best to reign in your drinking and get help if necessary to avoid problems.

Post Author: Kristen Wint