Alcohol abuse or the use of any mood-altering drug can cause serious problems. Problems with drug or alcohol abuse may come from an attempt at self-medicating for mental health problems such as anxiety or depression. People may have genetic tendencies or were raised in an environment around alcoholics or drug abusers. It may be some combination of different factors leading to the problem.
Drinking is a common part of culture, but the line between socially drinking and a drinking problem is a fine one. Even casual alcohol or drug use can lead to an addiction, which can create problems physically, emotionally, and mentally.
Some possible signs of alcohol abuse
Alcohol abuse often leads to alcohol addiction. Either way many problems are similar, but alcoholism is when the body becomes chemically dependent on alcohol.
Beyond casual use of drugs or alcohol, the body will start to build up a tolerance, where the body needs more of the substance to experience the same effects. Then without the chemical, the body will experience withdrawal, which can involve anxiety, shaking, sweating, nausea, insomnia, depression, irritability, and more.
Some signs of drug addiction