The critical phase
The main signs of this
Loss of control
The loss of control on the consumed quantity
of alcohol can be discharged by an inoffensive
quantity of alcohol.
Once a small amount of alcohol come into the body
appear a strongly desire to consume more. This
desire has a determination predominantly
The imperative desire persists until the drinker
is either too drunk to consume more or too ill to
bear the alcohol. After awakening, the next
excess doesn't take place because of a strongly
physical or psychical desire, normally being an
ordinary occasion that induce the next consume.
The loss of control is manifested only after the
drinker has started to drink alcohol, but he
still has the liberty to decide if with a
specific occasion begins to drink or not; in this
way is able to enjoin himself abstinence
Attempts to justify the consume of
The drinkers start to justify their behavior.
Come into view the well-known "alibi"
of the alcoholics which are trying to convince
themselves and others that they didn't loose the
control, they just have well-founded reasons to
drink; if those reasons wouldn't exist, they can
give up anytime. Throughout this self-deceit they
calm the conscience in order to go on with the
This is the start of a whole "explanations
system" that concludes gradual more
and more plans of being. The system helps the
drinker to resist to the tensioned occurred as a
consequence of the control's loss. From now on
the abusive consumption of alcohol cannot be
excusable. The parents, wife, friends and
superiors start to admonish and alarm him. The
dependent avoid them as possible as he can, he
drinks more often at home or in places where is
An exaggerate self-confidence
Despite of all "explanations"
it occurs an important loss of self-respect.
Trying to compensate, the alcohol dependent try
to post an exaggerate self-confidence. Through
some extravagant expenses and megalomaniac
affirmations he wants to convince himself that he
is not in such a desperate situation.
The explanations found, normally, lead to the
belief that the fault is not of the drinker, but
of someone's. This will produce a progressive
social auto-isolation. The first sign of the
attitude is an egregious aggressive behavior.
As a result of the described behavior appear
guilty feelings. Now the penitence becomes a
permanent companion. Through the tensioned state
appear new reasons to find the release in drink,
entering in a vicious circle.
Because of the pressures made by the social
environment, the alcohol dependent enjoins him
short or long periods of total abstinence. The
often he pass up the more desperate he becomes,
couldn't realize where he fails.
Changeover of the way to drink alcohol
Failures that end the abstinence episodes
determine the alcoholic to find other methods to
control alcohol's consumption. Believing that his
difficulties draw from the way of drink, he fixes
some rules: to not drink before a specific hour,
to drink only in specific places and
neighborhoods, to drink only specific types and
specific amount of alcohol well-stated. But he
can't follow these rules for a long time.
Hostile behavior and isolation
Many times the others contribute
subconsciously to relapses, believing the "just
one glass can harm". Feeling their
ignorance, the dependent become more hostile, he
abandon the old friends and isolate himself
Some friends start to avoid the alcoholic, he
loose his job because of the problems related to
the abuse of alcohol, but often the dependent
took the initiative and quit
"preventive" his job.
Loss of interest - pronounced
Isolation grows to be bigger, all
preoccupations being concentrate on alcohol. The
drinker is thinking more regarding how an
activity could affect the consumption of alcohol
than to think how the alcohol consumption could
affect his work. It is followed by the loss of
interest for a lot of things. At the same time
appear strong feelings of self-compassion.
Real or imaginary escape
The dependent cannot run from him, getting
often to dream with opened eyes or even to change
the environment - "the geographic
Family relation's alteration
Sometimes, wife, children or other family
members draw back from social life; other times,
per contra, they involve in different activities
with the purpose to get off the familial
surrounding. Often arise divorces,
disinheritance, denials interpreted by the person
in case as cattiness from the others.
The preoccupation being concentrated on
alcohol, the dependent take care of the
sufficient provision of alcohol, a hidden small
deposit of alcohol.
The abusive consumption of alcohol - which has
an enlarged content of calories - lead to neglect
of the adequate feed that has as a consequence a
stronger effect of the alcohol on the body.
The affectation of different organs - brain
peripheral nerves, liver, stomach, and
cardio-vascular system - through toxic effect of
alcohol produces pains that necessitate a
specialty treatment. The hospitalization is often
required for various secondary affections and not
for the alcohol dependence, which generated them.
Loss of appetency
One of the most frequent psychical and
organical consequences of the alcohol abuse is
the loss of appetency. At the same time grows the
hostility vis-à-vis of wife, which refuses often
the advance made by the drunk partner; in this
cases she is suspected by infidelity. Appears an
excessive jealousy, the well-known alcoholic
Morning alcohol consumption
In this period the compunction,
discontentment, confrontation between the duties
and desire to consume alcohol, loss of
self-respect, incertitude and bad attitudes of
the surrounding lead the alcohol dependent to
such a state that he can't start the day without
"calming" right after the getting up -
or even before - with alcohol. If in the past the
morning consumption of alcohol was an occasional
phenomenon, now becomes normal.