Signs of Alcoholism: The Late Stage

Late Stage Alcoholics Are Vulnerable To Serious Health Issues and Withdrawal Symptoms

Although there are many alcoholic that can remain functional during the first and middle stages of alcoholism, most late stage alcoholics no longer function adequately. The alcoholic has lost all ability to control his drinking. At this point, he may be drinking alcohol throughout the day and certainly may participate in alcohol binges or benders that could last for days. His goal is to maintain the feelings of pleasure or sense of ease that come with drinking. Unfortunately, at this late stage, these feelings are very short lived.  All things that were once important to the alcoholic such as their family, relationships, job and even food or shelter are no longer a priority in the alcoholic’s life.

In late stage alcoholism, the alcoholic experience no longer provides a sense of well-being or euphoria. What was one pleasurable is now painful as the alcoholic gets very little satisfaction from drinking. Instead, the disease has progressed to a point whereby the alcoholic must have alcohol in order to avoid late stage withdrawal. His body has becomes accustomed to a higher alcohol concentration, and without alcohol in his bloodstream, the alcoholic will feel a great deal of discomfort.

Should the alcoholic fail to drink alcohol, his nervous system becomes exceedingly agitated. As the alcohol blood level begins to decrease, intense withdrawal symptoms take over. Within the brain, important chemicals such as dopamine, serotonin and norepineohrine cease to function properly. Consequently, the alcoholic feels an intense desire to drink and must put alcohol into his body to avoid discomfort.

By the late stage of alcoholism, alcohol has ravaged the alcoholic’s body. Over time, alcohol affects every organ in the body including the heart, liver and pancreas. The gastrointestinal and central nervous systems may also become affected. Every cell in the alcoholic’s body has been exposed to excessive amounts of alcohol.  As a result, serious health issues usually develop during the late stage of alcoholism.

If the late stage alcoholic fails to get alcohol into his body, he may develop severe withdrawal symptoms. He will experience intense cravings and could possibly begin to experience withdrawal symptoms within just several hours.

Some of the withdrawal symptoms during the late stage alcoholism include:

•    Increased pulse, heart rate and blood pressure
•    Agitation, anxiety and nervousness
•    Disorientation and confusion
•    Insomnia or sleep disturbances
•    Nausea, appetite loss or vomiting
•    Fever
•    Hallucinations, seizures or the DT’s

Its imperative the any alcoholic gets medical treatment while attempting to quit alcohol. In some cases, alcohol withdrawal symptoms can be fatal. While withdrawing from alcohol, the alcoholic may become extremely uncomfortable. Fortunately, there are medical treatments that can help with this process. If you or someone you love is suffering from the disease of alcoholism, please contact a medical professional. There are a number of resources and programs that can help with alcohol detox and alcohol recovery.

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