Did you know?

Alcoholism is usually interpreted as a psychological and physical addiction to alcohol and generally refers to a person who consumes high doses of alcohol, generating a greater tolerance to the drink and that their body and nervous system get used to the massive intake of alcohol.

What is it?

It should be noted that many people are affected by the repeated and massive consumption of alcohol and generally feel ashamed and even intimidated at being labeled “alcoholic”, which implies that the social, moral and family burden increases.

What are the signs?

Addiction to alcohol increases as dependence grows. Here are some of the warning signs and symptoms:

  • He/she is unable to limit the amount of alcohol ingested
  • Spend a great deal of time drinking
  • Constant urge to drink alcohol
  • Repeated failure to perform their obligations due to alcohol consumption
  • Continues to drink despite being aware of the problems he causes
  • The person leaves social or work activities
  • Develops a high tolerance to alcohol, needing large amounts to feel its effect
  • Sweating, nausea, or shaking when not drinking
  • Alcohol consumption endangering others, such as driving while intoxicated

Treatment – How to get help?

It is quite common to deny the problem, and to take the addiction to alcohol as something minor. Therefore, it is essential to listen to family, friends or coworker who can help the affected person to realize the problem and to seek for professional help as a person who experiences a tough fight against alcohol abuse will most likely also experience mental and physical health problems, and these will most likely become chronic in the short term, causing suffering to their loved ones.

If you, or your loved one experience the above symptoms, don’t hesitate to contact us. We can guide you to the right support and services.


What to do with a person with alcohol addiction:

  • Keep in mind that addiction is not their fault or personal choice but rather it is a brain disease
  • Remember that the person with alcohol abuse must learn to manage their own addiction and no one should fight on their behalf
  • Limits must be established and these must be respected
  • Encourage the person with alcohol addiction to seek help. You can also help them to look for possible therapies
  • If a loved one has alcohol addiction problems that are affecting you too, seek specialized help for yourself as well
  • Show by example but not imposing how to live a healthy life without consuming alcohol
  • You can support the person with addiction, however you should not cover up the problems caused by alcohol addiction
  • Be optimistic and encourage the person with alcohol addiction, eventually this person will notice the stimulus and will be encouraged to seek help.

What not to do with a person with alcohol addiction:

  • You should not cover up the problems caused by alcohol addiction
  • Do not judge if the person with alcohol addiction relapses, as this is part of their recovery process

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