How Can Moms Help Adult Children Struggling with Alcohol Abuse?

Because alcohol is such a mainstream product, many people do not recognize the abuse when they see an adult child struggling with alcohol use. Alcohol use and abuse is influenced by several factors including the following:

  • Family history of alcoholism
  • Age of the person when he started drinking and how long he has been drinking
  • Gender of the person
  • Quantity and frequency of drinking
  • Health status of the person

If your child has been raised in an environment that accepted the use of alcohol or has recently gotten involved with new professional or personal relationships where alcohol is a common component, you want to look closely at how your child is managing his alcohol use.

Alcohol Side Effects on the Body

Alcohol abuse has negative impacts on all parts of the body including the following:

  • Central nervous system (CNS) – The CNS controls emotions, sensory function, judgment, memory, and learning ability. When alcohol is introduced, a person’s sense of smell and taste is diminished. As alcohol levels rises in the blood, a person’s ability to withstand pain increases. Drinking deteriorates a person’s CNS functioning, starting with impaired intellectual functioning, then disruption of sensory and motor controls, and finally the automatic biological functions including breathing and circulation are affected.
  • Brain – With high levels of alcohol use, a person suffers memory loss, confusion, and augmentation.
  • Liver – With high levels of alcohol use, the liver is unable to cleanse the body of toxins and may begin to suffer with hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), hyperuricemia (as in arthritis or gout), fatty liver (which may lead to alcoholic hepatitis or cirrhosis), and hyperlipemia (build-up of fats sent to the bloodstream, which leads to heart problems).
  • Blood – Damage from alcohol can include broken capillaries and blood vessels which can lead to hemorrhages. In addition, excessive alcohol can cause anemia and a decreased resistance to infection. Even the bone marrow is affected which can reduce red and white blood count.
  • Gastrointestinal tract – Side effects of alcohol on the gastrointestinal tract can include gastritis and intestinal or stomach ulcers. Alcohol can also prompt the pancreas to produce insulin which causes a rapid drop in blood sugar potentially leading to hypoglycemia and diabetes.
  • Muscles – By reducing blood flow to muscles, alcohol can cause the heart muscle to weaken and deteriorate.
  • Endocrine system – Alcohol can decrease the production of the body’s hormones which can increase a person’s susceptibility to allergies and hampered sexual functioning.

Alcohol systemically harms the entire body; therefore, if you think your adult child is at risk for alcohol abuse, your intervention could literally save his life.

Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), alcohol withdrawal symptoms can vary in severity and can include the following:

  • Anxiety or nervousness
  • Depression
  • Not thinking clearly
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Jumpiness or shakiness
  • Mood swings
  • Nightmares
  • Clammy skin
  • Dilated pupils
  • Headache
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Pallor
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Sweating
  • Tremor of the hands or other body parts
  • Agitation
  • Severe confusion
  • Hallucinations
  • Fever
  • Seizures

If your adult child is struggling with any withdrawal symptoms, then the message is clear that he has an alcohol abuse problem and needs help.

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