Alcoholism Stage 1: Abstaining
If an individual has attitudes and perceptions consistent with those that addicts traditionally exhibit, alcohol addiction can literally begin before the drinking commences.
Alcoholism Stage 2: First Use
Stage two can include the experimental use of alcohol, periodic usage, or periodic binge alcohol consumption (i.e., one or two times a year). Original usage of alcohol may not be a concern for the user or those persons who are close to the user. Occasional alcohol consumption may well create difficulties while the user is intoxicated or the next day, he or she has not reached the stage of dependence.
Alcoholism Stage 3: High Risk Use
Significant risk refers to an abundance of drinking, and poor choices made when intoxicated. At this stage, the pattern and frequency of alcohol abuse is high enough to be dangerous for the drinker and those people around him or her.
Alcoholism Stage 4: Problematic Use
Problematic use of alcohol occurs when the harmful consequences of drinking becomes obvious. Physical health concerns become problems, including damaged liver function and/or STDs (sexual transmitted diseases).
Alcoholism Stage 5: Early Stage of Dependence
The early stage of alcohol dependence is distinguisheded by noticeable issues. The drinker starts to skip work, picks fights with members of the family and friends while drunk. The alcoholic will choose to drink in spite of harmful consequences. At this point, alcohol rehabilitation is highly effective.
Alcoholism Stage 6: Middle Stage of Dependency
During the middle stage of alcoholism, adverse consequences begin to intensify. The user loses his or her job due to too many missed days at work.
Alcoholism Stage 7: Crisis Stage of Dependency
At this crisis point, everybody is aware of the effects of alcohol addiction, including the alcoholic. Serious health problems become issues. The alcoholic is seldom without a drink, but the user believes he or she is deceiving everyone. If they do not enter alcohol rehab, this stage frequently results in alcohol-related deaths for the users.