Alcoholism Stage 1: Abstaining
Alcohol dependence can actually begin before the alcohol consumption gets started if an individual has perceptions and attitudes consistent with those that addicts traditionally display.
Alcoholism Stage 2: Initial Use
Stage two can include things like the experimental use of alcohol, irregular usage, or periodic binge drinking (i.e., one or two times a year). Original use of alcohol may not be a concern for the user or those persons who are close to the user. Occasional drinking may cause troubles while the user is intoxicated or the following day, he or she hasn't got to the stage of dependence.
Alcoholism Stage 3: High Risk Use
Significant risk refers to an abundance of alcohol consumption, and poor choices made when intoxicated. At this stage, the pattern and regularity of alcohol abuse is high enough to be damaging for the drinker and people around him or her.
Alcoholism Stage 4: Problematic Usage
Problematic use of alcohol occurs when the adverse consequences of alcohol consumption becomes obvious. Physical health concerns become issues, including damaged liver function and/or STDs (sexual transmitted diseases). DUI (driving under the influence) charges may occur, and/or other legal problems connected with drinking to excess and making poor decisions. Friends and family notice there is a problem.
Alcoholism Stage 5: Early Stage of Dependence
The early stage of alcohol addiction is distinguisheded by noticeable issues. The user starts to skip work, picks fights with members of the family and good friends while drunk. The alcoholic will elect to drink in spite of negative consequences. At this point, alcohol rehab is highly effective.
Alcoholism Stage 6: Middle Stage of Dependency
During the middle stage of alcoholism, adverse consequences begin to escalate. The user loses his or her job due to too many skipped days at work. Alcohol-induced fights end relationships. The effects of the negative consequences of alcoholism become irreversible.
Alcoholism Stage 7: Crisis Stage of Dependency
Serious physical health problems become issues. This stage frequently results in alcohol-related deaths for the users if they do not enter alcohol rehabilitation.