Have you ever asked yourself, “Am I an Alcoholic?” Well, you’re not alone. Alcoholism and alcohol dependency affect nearly one out of four Americans under the age of 30. That doesn’t even include those who suffer from alcoholism above the age of 30. Although many people are functional while drinking above the normal limits; one beer a day for women or two for men, functional alcoholism is still dangerous and may cause many physical problems.
Alcoholism Vs Alcohol Dependency
There are two types of alcoholism. The first is standard alcoholism and the second is called alcohol dependency. These two different alcohol-related problems may present individually or in combination. Although they are both disorders that come from drinking above the healthy limit, they are different. Alcoholism is when drinking has a large effect on one’s behavioral health such as relationship problems, work problems, and mental health problems. Alcohol dependency is more about the physical connection to drinking such as cravings, inability to stop drinking, withdrawal symptoms and increased tolerance levels.
Can you have alcohol dependency without alcoholism? Yes. Alcohol dependency without the behavioral symptoms is also known as functional alcoholism. Although you may be able to drink regularly without ‘losing your cool’ or ’emotional control,’ that doesn’t mean that dependency won’t end up killing you in the long run.
Can Alcoholism Be Diagnosed With An Online Test?
Generally speaking, yes. Alcoholism is usually self-diagnosed by reflecting on one’s life and behaviors when drinking. Although you can generally diagnose your own alcoholism or dependencies, it’s extremely important to seek out a medical professional for a proper diagnosis and treatment. Within a variety of time frames those with moderate to severe alcoholism will begin to experience withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms can start as early as 12-hours after cessation. In cases of moderate to severe alcoholism, without proper treatment withdrawal symptoms can cause death.
Alcoholism & Dependency Withdrawal Symptoms
- Restlessness and shaking
- Nausea or vomiting
- Agitation or irritability
- Anxiety or nervousness
- Fast heart-rate, tremors, headache, and insomnia
- DT’s (delirium tremens) which can cause death.
Should You Seek Out Help?
Yes. If you believe based on self-assessment and the assessment of those around you that you may be an alcoholic, you should seek out medical or psychiatric help. Medical professions will help you taper off alcohol in a controlled environment while also providing helpful resources and classes. Sometimes these resources may include inpatient rehab, outpatient rehab, detox or AA meetings. If you believe you need help you can call our treatment center partners 24/7 nationwide at 1-855-923-7366.