Alcohol addiction – Part 1: Beer

Drinking occasionally from a beer bottle or drinking casually at a party or while hanging out with friends is usually harmless, however, too much alcohol can lead to serious problems, including addiction. As per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heavy drinking in women is characterized by more than eight drinks per week, while for men, it is more than 15 drinks per week.

Alcohol addiction can affect people of different age, sex, race and economic class, leading to various chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, liver diseases, psychological problems and an increased vulnerability to becoming a victim of violence. Therefore, it is important to understand when the drinking habit becomes a health problem and take adequate steps to curb the risk of developing such devastating effects on one’s physical and mental health.

Drinking beer: A fashionable trend

Beer is an alcoholic drink which has the lowest content of alcohol by volume. The CDC counts one 12-oz beer as a single “serving” and each of this serving contains 0.6 ounces of alcohol.

In the American culture, drinking beer has become normal during various social activities, such as college events, parties, weddings, sports activities, etc.

There is a widespread misconception that those who drink beer are less likely to become alcoholic than others who drink other types of drinks. But, there are people who only drink beer and have been found to develop alcohol abuse problems. Although studies have failed to establish why only some people get addicted to alcohol and not others, there are several risk factors that can make a person more likely to develop an addiction to beer or other alcoholic drinks.

People at risk of getting addicted to beer

There are a certain set of people who are more at risk of getting addicted to beer because of the following reasons:

  1. Individuals who are already struggling with alcohol abuse, drinking beer can trigger cravings leading to sustained and binge drinking.
  2. Drinking 15 or more drinks a week can put a man at risk of developing an addiction to beer and having more than 12 drinks can put a woman at risk.
  3. The person who has five or more servings every time he or she drinks, or at least once a week.
  4. People with a family history of beer abuse.
  5. Individuals who have mental illnesses such as high level of anxiety, stress, low self-esteem, mood disorders or depression.

Identifying symptoms and impact of beer addiction

Addiction to beer is characterized by an urge to drink under any circumstance, despite knowing that it can affect one’s professional life, family and health. Those who have an addiction often exhibit violent behavior or can become argumentative when confronted about their drinking. Over a period of time, such individuals cannot willingly reduce their intake and may even overlook their important tasks, ignore personal hygiene and appearance, and make excuses for their indulgence.

The alcohol in beer can have an impact on every vital organ of the body, causing symptoms such as drowsiness, dizziness, lightheadedness, nausea, loss of coordination and even death. Many people with beer addiction often feel less inhibited and get aggressive, as the alcohol content in the beer can impair judgment and coordination. For pregnant women, an addiction to beer can lead to fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) with birth defects in the babies.

Consumption of alcohol can have a serious impact on one’s relationships, job and economic status. It can also lead to various legal issues such as drunken driving or misbehavior.

Path to recovery

If you are a victim of alcohol abuse, get rid of it today and live an alcohol-free life. Various alcohol treatment centers in Florida can change your life. To know about the best alcohol rehabilitation in Florida, chat online with the Florida Alcohol Addiction Helpline counselors or call us at our 24/7 helpline number 866-220-5381 for immediate relief.