Progression Or Stages of Alcoholism
alcoholism Stage 1: Abstinence
Alcohol dependence can literally begin before the alcohol consumption commences if an individual has perceptions and attitudes uniform with those that addicts traditionally exhibit.
Alcoholism Stage 2: Original Use
Stage two can include the experimental use of alcohol, periodic use, or periodic binge drinking (i.e., one or two times a year). First usage of alcohol may not be a problem for the user or those people who are close to the user. Occasional drinking may create troubles while the user is drunk or the following day, she or he hasn't reached the stage of addiction.
Alcoholism Stage 3: High Risk Use
High risk refers to an abundance of alcohol consumption, and poor choices made when intoxicated. At this stage, the pattern and frequency of alcohol abuse is significant enough to be damaging for the drinker and those around him or her.
Alcoholism Stage 4: Problematic Usage
When the negative consequences of alcohol consumption becomes obvious, problematic use of alcohol happens. Physical health concerns become problems, including things like damaged liver function and/or STDs (sexual transmitted diseases). DUI (driving drunk) charges may occur, and/or other legal problems connected with drinking to excess and making bad decisions. Friends and family notice there is a problem.
Alcoholism Stage 5: Early Stage of Dependence
The early stage of alcohol addiction is distinguisheded by obvious problems. The user begins to miss work, starts arguments with family members and friends while intoxicated. The alcoholic will decide to drink despite negative consequences. At this point, alcohol rehabilitation is most effective.
Alcoholism Stage 6: Middle Stage of Dependency
During the middle stage of alcoholism, adverse consequences begin to escalate. The user loses his or her job due to too many skipped days at work.
Alcoholism Stage 7: Crisis Stage of Dependency
Serious physical health concerns become issues. This stage frequently results in alcohol-related deaths for the users if they do not enter alcohol rehab.