Three Stages of Alcoholism

The stages of alcoholism provide an easy-to-understand view of how someone becomes addicted to alcohol.

Early Stage – Achieve Happiness

Early stage of alcoholism is characterized by drinking more than usual, finding reasons to drink and drinking to reduce unhappy feelings or stress. People use alcohol to feel happier, no matter concisely or not. During this stage, people’s body raises its tolerance to alcohol, meaning they have to drink progressively more and more to feel the same positive effects they’re used to.

During the early stage, a person’s tolerance to alcohol increases. Alcoholics have to drink progressively higher amounts to feel the same positive effects they’re used to. People in early stage alcoholism may have misconception that drinking makes them function better or more normally, because they begin to feel negative effects when they stop drinking.

Mid Stage – Can’t Stop

In mid stage, people become dependent on alcohol, meaning they suffer withdrawal symptoms when they don’t drink. In this stage, people feel they have to drink to avoid withdrawal symptoms, and happiness isn’t their aim.

Alcoholics in this stage begin to realize that they have lost their ability to control how much they drink, alcohol increases their unpredictable behavior, and then causes problems in relationships, work or school. But people are often afraid to admit that they are in addiction, and they temple to drink in secret.

Late Stage – Severe Health Problem

Late-stage alcoholism is characterized by dramatic physical and mental health problems. Physically they often have liver, respiratory or heart problems because of the long-term over-stress to organs. Mentally, they tend to suffer from severe depression or anxiety when they go too long without alcohol. Socially, people in the final stage are usually on the verge of work, school, family and friends.

In this final stage, people are so obsessed with drinking that it is the most important thing in their lives.

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