Question: What are the characteristics of being an alcoholic?

Alcoholism is a disease of extremes, of disappointments, of depression, of exhilaration, of dishonesty, of denial, of wrecked relationships.

What are the symptoms of alcoholism?

Some of the most common symptoms of alcohol abuse are:Experiencing temporary blackouts or short-term memory loss.Exhibiting signs of irritability and extreme mood swings.Making excuses for drinking such as to relax, deal with stress or feel normal.Choosing drinking over other responsibilities and obligations.More items

Does alcohol cause split personality?

When both are present, it is difficult to determine if the cause of these memory lapses are from drinking in excess or from switching personalities. Drinking excessively may increase the frequency of that a person switches between different personality states.

What organ is affected by drinking?

The Steps to Liver Disease Your liver breaks down almost all the alcohol you drink. In the process, it handles a lot of toxins. Over time, heavy drinking makes the organ fatty and lets thicker, fibrous tissue build up. That limits blood flow, so liver cells dont get what they need to survive.

Are kidneys affected by alcohol?

Alcohol causes changes in the function of the kidneys and makes them less able to filter the blood. Alcohol also affects the ability to regulate fluid and electrolytes in the body. When alcohol dehydrates (dries out) the body, the drying effect can affect the normal function of cells and organs, including the kidneys.

What does heavy drinking do to your body?

Long-Term Health Risks. Over time, excessive alcohol use can lead to the development of chronic diseases and other serious problems including: High blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, liver disease, and digestive problems. Cancer of the breast, mouth, throat, esophagus, voice box, liver, colon, and rectum.

Does alcohol cause emotional problems?

Regular, heavy drinking interferes with chemicals in the brain that are vital for good mental health. So while we might feel relaxed after a drink, in the long run alcohol has an impact on mental health and can contribute to feelings of depression and anxiety, and make stress harder to deal with.

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