Anyone who has ever drunk alcohol to excess, knows that alcoholism physical symptoms are the first to appear (as opposed to the social and mental effects of alcoholism) and the hardest to control.
Alcohol influences every part of the body, causing a wide range of health problems. When talking about physical symptoms it's important to keep in mind that the severity of the symptoms are very much dependent on the stage of alcoholism the person is at.
Do you gulp your first drinks just to feel the "buzz" faster?
Do you have sleeping disorders?
Are you being easily annoyed?
Do you suffer from chronic hangovers?
Have you tried to stop drinking and failed?
Do you need a drink to steady the shakes in the morning?
Do you suffer from nausea and vomiting?
Disregarding necessities such as food
High blood pressure
A feeling that you have to start your day with a drink to function normally.
Increased shaking, especially in the morning.
A decrease in alcohol tolerance
Muscle weakness (including the heart) and weakened bones
Enlarged veins just under the skin around the navel
Complete loss of tolerance for alcohol
Extreme cardiovascular disturbances.
Profound confusion, disorientation, hallucinations
Damage to the central nervous system
Peripheral nervous system
Decreased testicular size in men
Round-the-clock consumption despite extremely negative personal and social consequences.
According to "Journal of women's health", women develop long-term complications (such as brain, heart, and liver damage) from alcohol dependence more rapidly than do men. It's important to know that alcohol is a risk factor for breast cancer in women, and the mortality rate from alcoholism is higher among women than men.
There are other alcoholism physical symptoms that alcoholic women may suffer from such as:
Negative effect on reproductive functioning
Anovulation - ovulation does not occur
Problems with or irregularity of the menstrual cycle
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Deborah Morrow, M.S. Addiction Psychology, is the director of treatment programs for The Alcoholism Guide website. In her practice Deborah provides on-line coaching and support for those dependent on alcohol or who require other services such as relapse prevention or court mandated services. (Read More)
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