Alcohol provides a positive experience for the user. Externally, the alcoholic does not appear to be sick—they appear to be normal to those around them with the exception of the perception that they are drinking more. Early Stage alcoholics exhibit a high-tolerance to alcohol, and nominally go unnoticed by most around them with the possible exception of those who are around them the most. Description of alcoholism.
When most people drink to their tolerance level, they begin to exhibit the signs of being drunk. Those signs include trouble with their speech, such as slurring their words, and have dulled motor skills, often noted by loss of balance or coordination.
When casual drinkers move into Early Stage Alcoholism, their tolerance begins to rise. As it does, they overcome these signs that casual drinkers exhibit, being able to hold conversations without stuttering or slurring, having challenged coordination or motor skills, or being affected by other normal signs that makes it easy to spot someone who would be considered to be drunk.
It should be noted that many factors effect propensity for tolerance to alcohol including biochemistry, race, ethnicity, body mass and how an individual consumes alcohol ( Wikipedia –, Alcohol Tolerance ).
Alcohol’s role taking hold
Counterintuitively, the alcoholic feels, with good reason, that they function better when under the influence. This is because they only deal with the negative effects when they stop drinking. The Early Stage alcoholic adapts their drinking behavior and often goes unnoticed. As time passes by, assuming they maintain or increase their alcohol usage, their body becomes more and more dependent on alcohol as the cells in their body begin to require alcohol.
As the stage progresses, the disease takes hold and progresses to Middle Stage Alcoholism.
Stage 2: Middle stage alcoholism
The primary way early stage alcoholics differ from middle stage alcoholics is that alcohol is no longer leveraged for a quick high. For middle stage alcoholics, drinking is a requirement, not an option.
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A physiological trap
Many individual share in physiological traps that spiral an early-stage drinker into a deteriorating health spiral. Alcohol is no different. During Middle Stage Alcoholism, the body’s organs are being actively damaged.
Consequentially, the drinker feels the negative effects of his or her drinking. The next high, or drink, is often to forget the last drinking episode. When high levels of alcohol aren’t present in the alcoholic’s system they feel physically horrible. Only when they are intoxicated do they feel well.
Tolerance and cell resistance to alcohol
As the alcoholism progresses, the cells in the body become more and more resistant to the effect of alcohol.
Adaptively, cells change how they function in the environment where they are overloaded with alcohol.
If the alcoholic surpasses their alcohol tolerance, they will become drunk. Again, contributing to the downward spiral, if the person stops drinking, their body experience a type of shock as the cells themselves require alcohol for them to function.
Visible signs of alcohol addiction taking hold
Middle Stage Alcoholism is when the visible signs of alcohol addiction are apparent. The overwhelming need for the body to operate with alcohol in its system beings to really put the disease in the driver’s seat.
The individual loses the ability to resist drinking due to the strong physiological signals their body provides to intake alcohol. When they do attempt to stop drinking, they experience withdrawal symptoms.
Consequential behaviors based on cravings and overcome self control and restraint.
Common diddle stage alcoholism behaviors
Habitual drinking in non-social settings
Relationship issues including changes in friends and difficulty engaging with strangers
A decrease in social activity and/or erratic behavior
Withdrawal symptoms when not drinking such as nausea, sweating and sever irritability
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