Stages of Alcoholism

Alcoholism as a progressive disease in its natural course runs in three of successive stages of alcoholism. The transition from one stage to another is smooth and unobtrusive. This disease is never begins suddenly. Suddenly, you can get the flu, jaundice, angina, ulcers, appendicitis, gonorrhea, dysentery, and a lot more than, but not alcohol. First stage of alcoholism is always preceded by a seductive stage regular “culture” of drinking, having different lengths, usually ranging from one to ten years. Predisposed to alcoholism people pass through this stage very quickly, sometimes in just a few months, followed by a period uncultured drinking, which, in essence, means the transition in the first stage of alcoholism. Therefore, I am skeptical about the popular concept of “cultural” drinking. This is not the way out. All alcoholics once started culturally. Everyone systematically employed culturally, the risk of becoming an alcoholic.

Stop this disease can only full and complete sobriety. But even in the case of very rare and short-term disruptions, such as an episode in a few years, the disease will steadily improve. Everyone, even the very rare and short disruption not just cast people back, and heavier alcohol dependence, tighter tightening knot of problems.

The first stage

Man is fond of alcohol, but does not know how to drink. Feeling the craving for alcohol, drinking out of place and does not know measures. In a state of intoxication can commit follies. We call this a loss of situational and quantitative control. State of health the next day is satisfactory, there is no need to take a drink “the morning after” Amnesia appears. This is not a professional, but a lover of high rank. At this stage, drink, usually do not quit because of health is lacking. The first stage lasts for several years, the transition to the second almost inevitable.

The second stage

To the symptoms of the first stage are joining the main feature of alcoholism – withdrawal symptoms. In light cases, alcoholic can tolerate withdrawal symptoms until the evening and recuperate after work. The next step occurs when alcoholic cannot wait until the evening and he/she starts to fresh the nip at lunchtime. In the future, alcoholic endures no more strength and it happens in the morning and with time earlier and earlier. Drinking in early morning or during the night indicates the transition of alcoholism in a drunken stage. Inevitable problems in the family, at work begin (if that and another has not yet been lost). Life is ruined, it is uncontrollable, but admit it is scary. Alcohol is the main place in the mind, without alcohol life seems meaningless. Family, work and everything else goes by the wayside. Some drink almost constantly, while others – with breaks, but in both cases, the disease progresses, as the natural history of alcoholism, stop, repeat, can only final sobriety. At this stage, throw a drink or make attempts to quit often because fatigue sets and health is not the same.

The third stage

It is the logical finale of years of alcohol abuse. It is a stage of degradation and retribution for connivance. Severe withdrawal symptoms, heavy drinking, alcoholic liver disease and other organs, impotence, seizures, alcoholic psychoses, memory disorders, encephalopathy, polyneuritis, dementia, high mortality. This is not a fan, especially not a professional, it’s a wreck. Not only the best years irretrievably lost, but, perhaps, the whole life. It may seem strange, but even at this stage, sometimes alcoholics stop drinking, usually at a very advanced age, and too late for it to have time to properly enjoy a normal life.

Just a few years ago in the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision diagnostic category there was a curious – habitual drunkenness. What is it – is unclear. This is like a drunk, but not drunk. Term is unfortunate and unnecessary. Between a drunk and an alcoholic, there is no difference in principle, any drunkard, no doubt, is an alcoholic. The term “habitual drunkenness” we give more social than medical assessment to man. Rightly diagnosed “habitual drunkenness” was excluded from the current international classification of diseases tenth revision. Drunks in nature is no more, there were only alcoholics. The term “alcoholism” is now gradually being replaced by a more gentle and sweet word “addiction.”

I must say that as if we ourselves, our relatives or doctors or call our case, for example, occasional abuse, drunkenness, promiscuity, alcoholism and addiction – it does not change anything. It is not in terms. It is important to recognize that a problem exists, and it must be some way to decide.

In addition to the alcohol disease that can be treated only by prolonged sobriety, and nothing else, alcohol is also contraindicated to healthy individuals not suffering from an addiction to the “green snake,” but who have the individual unpredictable response to alcohol. Some people become violent, aggressive, and even irresponsible from even small amounts of alcohol. If a person does not retain any memory of short-term, usually lasts a few hours of madness, these states are classified as pathological intoxication. Due to unmotivated aggression and altered consciousness persons with able pathological intoxication are prone to illegal activities. Forensic psychiatrists often encounter such situations, when the question of sanity person at the time of the offense. From the usual intoxication with disinhibition and amnesia due to huge doses of alcohol, pathological intoxication is different in that caused a small amount of alcohol. The causes of pathological intoxication are unknown. However, if it happens even once, something like this could happen again at any drinks, but it is impossible to predict in advance. So the only way to avoid dangerous for all present uncontrolled pathological intoxication – stay sober.

In other cases, consciousness is not formally broken, but respectable before the person becomes unbearable after a few drinks: stick to others with nonsense, he/she pulls on the exploits or tends to drive by speeding aggressively, trying to persuade others to swim in the pond such as “pool”, is trying to put self-harm, or vice versa becomes angry whining, etc. All of these manifestations are found in alcoholics. The difference is that a healthy person after sobering experiences a sense of embarrassment and shame, and alcoholics should be continued. Given the clear tendency to repeat the described forms of intoxication in order to not have to blush, you need to forget about alcohol and clearly comprehend all stages of alcoholism. This is the best solution.

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