What is Alcohol Dependence?
Alcohol dependency is when an individual finds it difficult to enjoy life or relax without having a drink. An alcohol dependent individual may worry constantly about where the next drink will come from, or has a compulsive need to drink and doesn’t have the ability to stop once they have started. Alcohol can interfere with neurotransmitters in an individual’s brain and cause feelings of anxiety, depression and even suicidal thoughts. The signs of alcohol withdrawal are commonly seen as shaking or sweating and these withdrawal symptoms would stop once alcohol gets back into the bloodstream.
Individuals who drink heavily tend to keep increasing the amount they drink because a tolerance is created to the alcohol. Tolerance is a physiological response that individuals have to most drugs. The more of the substance that is consumed, the more you must consume in order for it to have the same effect. Like many other substances, alcohol can be both physically and psychologically addicted.