Unfortunately, the theme of drunkenness is known to many people in a very sad way. If the family has an alcoholic, all household members suffer from his craving for alcohol. One of the most serious problems is drunken alcoholism.
The word “binge” is known to all, but not everyone clearly understands what is the meaning behind this term. Very often, binge is understood simply as the daily use of alcohol. However, if a family has a series of holidays and a person drinks a little wine every day, or skips a bottle of beer after work, this cannot be called binge. In addition to the fact of daily drinking, binge has other signs and is a rather serious manifestation of the second stage of alcoholism.
Hard drinking in people with alcohol addiction
To understand the place of binge in the picture of a person’s alcohol dependence, you need to remember the stages of development of alcoholism.
- Psychological addiction. At this stage, alcohol acts as a source of positive emotions, improves mood, helps to relax and relieve stress.
- Physiological dependence. Tolerance develops tolerance. In order to feel euphoria and joy, a person needs more and more alcohol. Because of this, he often drinks and the next day he feels all the “charms” of intoxication. However, unlike the first stage, when in a state of a hangover a person cannot even think about alcohol, in the second stage he has a desire to drink again to relieve unpleasant symptoms.
- Degradation of personality. At this stage, a person is already completely degraded; he is not interested in anything except alcohol. Serious health problems appear.
To understand what drunken alcoholism is, you can pay attention to the second stage of dependence on alcohol. As mentioned above, if a person drank excess and in the morning he became ill, he would not be able to think about alcohol if he had not formed a physiological dependence. If alcoholism progresses, the only desire of a drunkard after a drink is to hang out.
Indeed, a dose of alcohol helps relieve hangover symptoms for a short time, and a person feels better. His head ceases to hurt, his heartbeat returns to normal, he passes a state of “brokenness”. However, when the action of the “medicine” ends, the symptoms of a hangover cover it with renewed vigor. What does an alcoholic do? Drinks more and more. This cycle can last several days or even a week. It is this phenomenon in alcoholism that is called binge.
What is dangerous binge
Alcohol is not good for the body in any quantities, but binge is a very strong blow to human health, not only physical but also mental.
A person suffering from alcoholism usually does not eat anything during hard drinking. Lack of food for several days against the background of constant alcohol intake literally destroys organs. Most affected are the liver, kidneys and gastrointestinal tract. A huge load falls on the cardiovascular and nervous system. If a person is not taken out of binge, then everything can end in death.
Serious violations can be from the psyche. The binge has short hangover periods before a new alcoholization, but at these moments a person is “covered” by depression. Suicidal thoughts, aggression, hallucinations (delirium tremens) may appear.
The whole family of an alcoholic suffers no less, because at the time of a binge a person has the only value – alcohol. He can drink all the money, sell things, borrow from neighbors, mortgage documents.
How to get a person out of binge
Almost never the binge ends on its own. If a person is not taken out of binge, he will be able to stop drinking on his own initiative only if he doesn’t drink anything, or if the family sets strict conditions (“Stop drinking, otherwise – a divorce”).
The essence of the conclusion from hard drinking is that a person should stop drinking, and then his body needs to be restored. Trying to get a person out of hard drinking on their own and without the use of any drugs is quite difficult. The main difficulty is that refusal of alcohol causes a strong “breaking”. An alcoholic falls into a severe depression, which is exacerbated by severe physical sensations. Very often, alcoholics begin to manipulate, threatening that they will take their own lives if they don’t drink, and the family succumbs to these manipulations.
The easiest way to get a person out of binge is when, after the next day of drinking, he has a hangover. Often, at such moments, addicts themselves ask for help. At this point, you can call a narcologist at home or go to the clinic with a drunkard. In both cases, there are pluses: at home a person is surrounded by the care of loved ones and it is easier for him to endure the procedure, in the clinic he is physically isolated from alcohol and does not have the ability to “break loose”.
Usually, in order to remove a person from binge, drugs are used that help cleanse the body of the effects of intoxication. They are administered using a dropper. A person’s condition returns to normal by about 2-3 days. True, the conclusion from hard drinking is not a guarantee that a person will not start drinking again the next day.
If a person suffers from drunken alcoholism, of course, in cases of binge you should try to get him out of this state. However, the withdrawal from binge is not related to the treatment of alcoholism. It helps to only interrupt the state of binge, but does not reduce the dependence on alcohol. Otherwise, a drunken form of alcoholism is treated in the same way as alcohol dependence in general.