How Do Drinking Symptoms Develop?

The Progression of Alcoholism

Researchers have confirmed an easily recognizable sequence of drinking symptoms that develop in a specific order for the typical alcoholic. This progression of alcoholism symptoms is a three-stage pattern, with each phase merging gradually into the next one, each getting more severe over the course of time. This pattern can progress in just a few months or take several years, depending on the individual and their specific situation.

This identified disease's progression is universal to alcoholics. There is no difference made by education, social status, or personal background.

Alcoholism Symptoms

Stage 1 – Developmental Zone

In this initial zone, the symptoms are likely very subtle at first. Drinking habits may seem very acceptable in most cases, only occasionally resulting in concerning symptoms.

For example, the development zone can include:

  • Social drinking with friends or co-workers
  • Having a drink at least once a week
  • Drinking faster and more than others
  • Suffering memory blackouts
  • Frequently being more drunk than friends/co-workers

Stage 2 – Zone of Overt Alcoholism

While the first zone was only developmental, the second zone is more overt, with symptoms easily raising concerns. With an alcohol addiction present during this stage, rehabilitation is necessary.

Individuals in this zone may struggle with:

  • Loss of control over their drinking
  • Desire and need to drink both weekends and week days
  • Aggressive or protective over supply of alcohol
  • Commonly drinking before breakfast
  • Solitary drinking instead of just social drinking
  • Tremors and other similar issues
  • Decreased tolerance of alcohol

Stage 3 – Zone of Deterioration

The second zone is even more serious than overt alcoholism, quickly raising major health concerns for the individual. The zone of deterioration can ultimately be fatal, making it the most dangerous zone to be in.

Symptoms suffered during this zone may include:

  • Delirium tremens (DT), causing tremors, delirium, etc.
  • Vague fears, sleeplessness, and disorientation
  • Avitaminosis, which is caused by a vitamin deficiency

If symptoms of deterioration progress further in this zone, it could ultimately lead to death.

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