Stages Of Alcohol Use Disorder
Alcohol use disorder progresses through specific stages, and at any given time, an individual may be in a particular stage. Opting for recovery in the early stages increases the chances of complete recovery compared to when the condition becomes excessively severe.
• At-Risk Stage: This stage occurs when an individual drinks socially or uses alcohol primarily to relieve stress and feel better. During this stage, the person develops a tolerance to alcohol, which reduces its side effects.
• Early Alcohol Use Disorder: This is the most common stage, characterized by blackouts and secretive drinking, often done when the person is alone. In this stage, thoughts about alcohol occupy a significant portion of the person's day.
• Mid-Stage Alcohol Use Disorder: At this stage, alcohol use becomes uncontrollable and starts causing problems in the person's life. Proper testing may reveal signs of organ damage.
• End-Stage Alcohol Use Disorder: Drinking becomes a pervasive habit, and individuals consume alcohol on significant occasions in their lives. Complications from organ damage can bring the person close to death.
Note: It's important to consult a healthcare professional for a comprehensive understanding of alcohol use disorder and its stages.