Alcoholism is a state of being addicted to excessive consumption of alcohol. It is also called “alcohol use disorder”. It is an inability to control alcohol consumption due to physical or emotional dependence on alcohol. You suffer from withdrawal symptoms if you stop drinking. Alcoholism can have severe health, financial, interpersonal, and career-related repercussions. If alcoholism continues, it can lead to kidney and liver disorders, heart disease and an array of other ailments and disorders. Whereas no test is needed to find out whether you are an alcoholic or not, an alcohol use disorder test can be used to find the extent of damage that has been caused to your liver, kidney, and other organs of your body. There is a slew of alcoholism-related tests such as kidney function test, lipid profile test, a basic health checkup, liver function test, Gamma GT test, SGOT/AST test, SGPT/ALT test, Vitamin B12 cyanocobalamin test, and other test that your personal health consulted me advice.
In medical terms uncontrollable alcoholism is also referred to as “alcohol use disorder”. Hence, when you tell someone to stop drinking alcohol or reduce its amount, it is easier said than done. But in most of the cases, alcoholism is a habit related problem, and if an alcoholic gets enough support or if he or she develops medical conditions that can prove to be fatal if alcohol consumption is not stopped, alcohol consumption can be get done with, or at least reduced.
How do you know that you’re suffering from alcoholism?
You should look for the following signs:
You drink alone and consuming alcohol is no longer a social activity for you.
You have a high tolerance for alcohol – many people boast that they don’t get affected even by consuming lots of alcohol, but it means their health has deteriorated.
You are eating poorly or not eating at all.
You lose your temper when people talk about your excessive alcohol consumption.
You cannot focus on your work.
You’re ignoring personal hygiene.
You keep on drinking alcohol even when you’re facing social, economic and legal problems.
What are the common causes of alcoholism?
There are several reasons why someone may become alcoholic. There are biological factors, environmental factors, social factors or psychological factors.
Biologically, some people can consume more alcohol and they don’t get easily “drunk”. They mistake it for greater tolerance and hence, don’t try to curb their tendency to consume more alcohol. Gradually, they don’t realize that they have gotten used to consuming more alcohol than their friends, siblings, and colleagues.
In some societies and cultures, it is normal to consume alcohol. In fact, some youngsters are stigmatized for not consuming alcohol. Some people are offended if you don’t join them for a peg or two.
Depressed people tend to consume more alcohol. Alcohol is known to boost mood and trigger a feeling of euphoria and happiness. It dismantles inhibitions. Things that people cannot express otherwise, become easier to express when they are drunk. Many artists, especially in performance arts, begin to consume alcohol because then it becomes easier for them to perform in front of the audience.
Is there a dedicated test for alcohol?
When we talk about an alcohol test, we don’t mean using something like a breathalyzer to know whether a person is drunk or not. A medical -related alcohol test measures the toll your organs have taken due to continuous alcohol consumption. Your liver may be damaged. Your kidneys may be damaged. Your heart may be traumatized. Your nervous system may be out of sync. You may also be having psychological problems. Hence, different tests are needed to know what affect alcohol has had on your overall health. You may decide to go for a liver function test. You can get a kidney function test. You can also get yourself a lipid profile. A basic health checkup gives you a fair idea of at what stage your health is.
Frequently Asked Questions
How is an alcohol test done?
An alcohol test is not a singular test. By the time your doctor suggests that you should get an alcoholism test done, or by the time you yourself realize that you need to get an alcoholism test, you may already realize that alcoholism has become a problem for you. Now you need to find out what damage alcohol has done to your various organs. So, you may need a liver test, a kidney test, a lipid profile test, a diabetes test and an array of other tests to assess the damage and then take corrective measures.
Is alcoholism a health problem or a habit-related problem?
In most of the cases it is a habit -related problem. You may feel that it is not in your control to reduce alcohol consumption, but with proper help and change of environment you can stop consuming alcohol. Sometimes alcoholism can be a health problem, but this is a very rare case. Mostly, by changing your lifestyle you can control alcohol consumption. An alcoholism test is a good start. If no serious damage has been caused in your body, you are fortunate and you can mend your ways. Even when damage has been caused, you can quickly start the treatment and also reduce your alcohol consumption or preferably, simply stop taking alcohol so that further damage is not caused.
Do I need to go to a drug addiction center for an alcoholism test?
An alcoholism test can be done at a qualified medical lab like ours. As such there is no alcoholism test. All the tests are done to evaluate the damage caused by alcohol to your various organs such as liver, kidneys, heart, the nervous system or your blood. These are a series of tests that combine and tell you your overall health state and what ill effects alcohol has had on you so far.
Is alcoholism medically treatable?
If alcoholism is due to a medical condition then it can be treated with medication, but basically, you need to make some lifestyle changes to treat alcoholism. Getting an alcoholism test can be a good motivation because it can reveal to you the condition of your organs. If the damage has just begun to occur, it can be a good motivation to stop drinking alcohol. The damage caused by alcohol can be medically treated, but when it comes to stopping alcohol consumption or becoming a teetotaler, it may need some psychological and familial intervention.
Why are there multiple tests for alcoholism?
There are multiple tests for alcoholism because alcohol can harm your health in different manners. Your different organs may be affected by excessive alcohol consumption and consequently, there are different tests to gauge the extent of damage caused by alcohol. For example, you may have a different test for liver, a different test for your kidneys and a different test for your blood.