Definition of Alcoholism and of Being an Alcoholic
Self-Testing: Am I an Alcoholic?
Most often it is truly hard to draw a line between safe alcohol use and alcohol abuse. Consultant psychologist suggest that the victim might be having alcohol dependence if the victim answers “yes” to following questions:
- Do you need to consume more alcohol to feel the effect?
- Do you often feel guilty about drinking?
- Do you become bad-tempered or aggressive when you drink?
- Do you have issues at school or at work because of your drinking problem?
- Do you often think that it would be better if you trim down your alcohol consumption?
Consultant psychologist can diagnose victim for alcoholism by physical examination by asking few questions about victim’s drinking habits.
- Do you enjoy drunken driving?
- Have you ever missed work or lost a job because of your drinking habit
- Do you always need more alcohol to feel “drunk”
- Do you often experience blackouts due to drinking
- Have you tried to trim down your drinking however couldn’t
Consultant psychologist may also come up with a questionnaire which will help him to assess the victim. Normally, alcoholism diagnosis do not need diagnostic test. On occasions, therapist may ask for blood test to check your liver functioning or to see any symptoms of liver damage. Unfortunately, alcoholism cause heavy damage to victim’s liver. The basic function of the lever is to remove any toxins from your blood, when the victim consumes a lot of alcohol; victim’s liver had to work harder to filter the toxins and alcohol from the blood. This overstress on the liver leads to liver damage as well as other severe complications.