When do you have an alcohol addiction?
Several symptoms can point out if someone suffers from alcohol abuse. Recognizing and acknowledging an alcohol addiction in early stages helps you a lot during your recovery. If you recognize yourself or someone you know in at least two of the symptoms down below it can indicate a problem with alcohol.
How do you recognize alcohol addiction?
Alcohol addiction can manifest in various ways, including physical dependence, tolerance, and withdrawal symptoms. People with this type of addiction often find it difficult to control their drinking and experience strong cravings for alcohol.
Signs of alcohol addiction
Some signs and symptoms of alcohol addiction are:
- Drinking more alcohol than intended or for longer periods than intended.
- Being unable to cut down or control alcohol consumption.
- Spending a lot of time obtaining, using, or recovering from alcohol use.
- Craving or having a strong urge to drink alcohol.
- Continuing to drink even when it causes problems in relationships or other areas of life.
- Drinking in situations that are physically hazardous.
- Continuing to drink even when it causes physical or psychological problems.
- Developing tolerance and needing to drink more to feel the same effect.
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when not drinking.
- Drinking larger amounts or over a longer period than intended.
Young adults with an alcohol addiction
Alcohol addiction can have numerous negative effects on a person's physical, mental, and emotional health, as well as their relationships, work, and overall quality of life. It can lead to liver disease, heart disease, depression, anxiety, and other health issues.
Risks of alcohol abuse at a young age
As alcohol abuse is socially accepted it became normal to start drinking at a young age. However, alcohol abuse at a young age can have many negative consequences on physical, mental, and social health and development of a young person. These consequences are not always acknowledged and seen by young people. It’s good to educate yourself and young adults to be aware of the risks of alcohol and where alcohol abuse may lead to.
We’ll break down some of the risks and consequences associated with alcohol abuse at a young age:
- Physical consequences: alcohol abuse can harm the development of the brain and other organs. This can lead to long-term physical health problems. For example live disease, heart disease, and neurological disorders.
- Mental consequences: drinking alcohol at a young age increases the risk of developing mental health disorders as depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder.
- Impaired judgement: alcohol abuse can contribute to impair judgment. This can ultimately lead to engaging in risky behaviors, such as drunk driving, unprotected sex, and drug use.
- Poor academic performance: alcohol and alcohol abuse can lead to interference with schoolwork and lead to poor academic performance.
- Social problems: alcohol can lead to social connections, difficulties in relationships, isolation, and trouble making friends.
- Increased risk of addiction: starting drinking at a young age increases the risk of developing alcohol addiction later in life.
- Legal consequences: underage drinking is illegal. Those who engage in it can face legal consequences, such as fines, community service, and incarceration.
Treatment of young adults with alcohol addiction
It’s important to educate young people about the risks of alcohol abuse and alcohol addiction. Providing resources and support helps prevent alcohol abuse and addiction. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol abuse, it’s important to seek professional help. Therapy can help them recover from alcohol abuse, as well tackle the addiction long-term.
How can we help?
The Grange Youth Clinic offers a unique 8-week program for individuals, and their families. Our professional team of psychologists and other therapists helps them deal with mental health issues as alcohol addiction. Teaching them how to cope with game addiction hands them vital tools for a new future and healthier family dynamics.
We help young adults identify and break free from struggles that are holding them back in daily life and future possibilities. Empowering their talents and qualities within the treatment gives them – and their family – an honest opportunity and chance to change their course, heading towards an honest, balanced future.
Parents or caregivers are closely involved in the treatment as you’ll join the clinic one week as well. Following a special program where we’ll work on family dynamics and communication. Read more about the program.
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The Grange Youth Clinic can help young adults who are struggling with an alcohol addiction. Learn more about our treatment here or register for an intake interview below.
If you would like to register (or register a young adult 18-25 years old) for a treatment at The Grange Youth Clinic, please complete our intake form and we will contact you to schedule a personal intake interview.
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Why it works
At The Grange Youth Clinic, you’ll be guided through a tough experience with empathetic support. You will have access to a comprehensive range of services, including a minimum of 6 weeks of intensive residential treatment, family coaching & counseling for parents/carers and aftercare tailored to your individual needs.
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Our treatment has a very “Intensive goal directed specialised approach” which is uniquely tailored to each client, by a highly qualified and experience multi discipline team. We focus on primarily addictive problems combined with addressing social, emotional behavioural.