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Understanding Alcohol Use Disorder & Intoxication with DSM-5

Firstly we learn about alcohol use disorder with the help of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder (DSM-5). Someone with alcohol use disorder has consumed and continues to consume on a pretty powdered basis alcoholic beverages for consecutive months. You can say specifically at least twelve months.


They have two of the following symptoms including drinking more than what they originally said they would. So somebody says I'm going to go out for two drinks. However, they end up having seven of them. That would be one symptom not falling through with chores at home or work.

Probably you're hung-over or your body is not dealing well with having consistent alcohol being in it and increased tolerance to alcohol. Let’s discuss what tolerance is in a second less effect when alcohol consumed meaning. You've got to drink more to have that same effect and then spending quite a bit of time trying to get alcohol activities.

If you decide okay I'm not going to those activities because they don't have alcohol and that's another symptom expressing even in your mind. Hey, I wish I could cut down or I want to cut down. It is a representation of the perspective that there is a desire in you to cut down or use alcohol to minimize your symptom of withdrawal.

So these are all symptoms and if you have two of these, the danger of alcohol use disorder always remains there.

Freya was in Jail for five years

It's a tragic story of Freya when she crashed the car into the tree.

Freya was so drunk after a night of partying and heavy drinking. She remembers driving home and doesn't remember the accident itself. She was always a responsible driver but that night, it was a behavioural shift due to binge drinking. In that accident, her friend also lost life and she remained in prison for five years.


How do we define intoxication? Well in the DSM, it's defined as consuming alcohol and then having psychological shifts like behavioural shifts or cycles that don't come outright.

So you're showing signs of psychological differences let's say you’re a happy person all the time and alcohol causes you to become sad. You're shifting your mood, your behaviour and then actions. Are you less likely to go up and cry in public? Maybe you do that under the guise of being on alcohol that would be a behavioural shift.

So along with that, the person has one of the following symptoms with alcohol intoxication either a stupor involuntary eye movement that's what the police look at when they pull you over and see if you have that. If you've been drinking and driving less, your attention span does shorten.

You have less coordination. You have a tougher balance or slurred speech. One of those would be necessary to be called or having alcohol intoxication. Start your journey to conquer any addiction by reading these books:

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