What are the symptoms of alcohol addiction?
Someone is addicted to alcohol when only the constant consumption of large quantities of alcohol can satisfy them. Alcohol addiction does have several specific symptoms, including:
- Constantly expressing the desire to stop drinking or making failed attempts to reduce alcohol consumption.
- Spending a lot of time finding alcohol to consume.
- Withdrawal symptoms: a slight tremor of the hands, tongue and eyelids, excessive perspiration, nausea and vomiting, irritability, stress, headaches, insomnia, generalized seizures resembling epilepsy, and an over-stimulated central nervous system.
- A decline in family, social and work-related activity.
- Drinking in order to avoid or soothe withdrawal symptoms.
Many of these symptoms can last for at least a month, or reappear for longer periods of time.