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Alcohol consumption is an integral part of cultures across the globe and is used to celebrate, as a means to relax from a hard day, and even during times of grief.
However, excessive alcohol consumption can result in alcohol addiction or dependency, which can start to have detrimental effects on the live of those who are dependent on alcohol as well as their families and loved ones.
In this article we will talk about how to identify the signs and symptoms of alcohol addiction.
It’s important to remember that not everyone who struggles with alcohol addiction are entirely debilitated by their addiction. In fact, many people are able to function relatively normally and show little to no signs of alcohol addiction so identifying symptoms may not always be easy to do.
However, according to the DSM 5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), there are 11 symptoms of alcohol use disorder:
According to the DSM 5, when someone experiences at least two of the above symptoms on a regular basis will indicate that the person has alcohol use disorder (AUD).
In addition, AUD can present itself in different ranges of severity depending on the symptoms experienced:
Mild AUD can easily progress to severe if left untreated. Therefore, seeking early intervention is crucial for recovery. However, with the right treatment, it’s possible to recover from severe AUD.
Our rehabilitation centre in Gqeberha, South Africa offers both in- and out-patient programmes for alcohol use disorder.
We approach each of our clients with compassion as we learn to understand their unique situation and what they need as an individual to get through their recovery.
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