Alcoholism Stage 1: Abstaining
Alcohol addiction can actually begin before the alcohol consumption commences if an individual has perceptions and attitudes consistent with those that addicts traditionally exhibit.
Alcoholism Stage 2: Original Usage
Stage two can include things like the experimental use of alcohol, periodic use, or periodic binge alcohol consumption (i.e., once or twice a year). Initial usage of alcohol may not be a concern for the user or those persons who are close to the user. Irregular drinking may cause difficulties while the user is intoxicated or the next day, he or she has not reached the stage of addiction.
Alcoholism Stage 3: High Risk Usage
High risk refers to an abundance of alcohol consumption, and poor choices made when drunk. At this stage, the pattern and regularity of alcohol abuse is significant enough to be dangerous for the drinker and people around him or her.
Alcoholism Stage 4: Problematic Usage
Problematic use of alcohol occurs when the adverse consequences of drinking becomes evident. Physical health concerns become issues, including damaged liver function and/or STDs (sexual transmitted diseases).
Alcoholism Stage 5: Early Stage of Dependence
The early stage of alcohol addiction is characterized by noticeable problems. The drinker starts to skip work, picks fights with members of the family and friends while intoxicated. The alcoholic will decide to drink despite adverse consequences. At this point, alcohol rehabilitation is highly effective.
Alcoholism Stage 6: Middle Stage of Dependency
During the middle stage of alcoholism, harmful consequences begin to intensify. The user loses his or her job due to a lot of skipped days at work. Alcohol-induced fights end relationships. The effects of the adverse consequences of alcoholism become irreversible.
Alcoholism Stage 7: Crisis Stage of Dependency
At this crisis point, everyone is aware of the consequences of alcohol addiction, including the alcoholic. Serious health concerns become issues. The alcoholic is rarely without a drink, but the user believes he or she is fooling everyone. This stage routinely leads to alcohol-related deaths for the users if they do not enter alcohol rehab.