Alcoholism

Alcoholism is an addictive disorder that can interfere with every aspect of a person’s life. This treatable disease is characterized by compulsive and uncontrolled consumption of alcohol. Often individuals may not be able to overcome alcoholism without help, so it is important to watch for any of the following warning signs:

  • Repeated falls
  • Unexplained slurred speech or drowsiness
  • Incontinence
  • Morning tremors
  • Blackouts
  • Hallucinations
  • Bizarre behavior
  • Malnutrition
  • Use of alcohol as a medicine
  • Atypical dementia
  • Confusion
  • Injuries
  • Severe diarrhea
  • Accidental hypothermia
  • Depressive moods
  • Paranoia
  • Self-neglect
  • Heart and digestive problems

It is possible to not have all the signs or symptoms of alcoholism, yet still be in a cycle of alcohol abuse. When use of alcoholic beverages causes problems in any aspect of one’s life, it should be reported and treated with the help of a health care provider.