Alcoholism Stage 1: Abstaining
If a person has perceptions and attitudes uniform with those that addicts generally exhibit, alcohol addiction can literally start before the alcohol consumption gets started.
Alcoholism Stage 2: Original Use
Stage two can include the experimental usage of alcohol, periodic use, or irregular binge drinking (i.e., one or two times a year). Initial use of alcohol may not be a concern for the user or those people who are close to the user. Occasional alcohol consumption may well provoke difficulties while the user is under the influence or the following day, she or he hasn't reached the stage of addiction.
Alcoholism Stage 3: High Risk Use
Significant risk describes 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 around him or her.
Alcoholism Stage 4: Problematic Usage
Problematic use of alcohol occurs when the negative consequences of alcohol consumption becomes obvious. Health concerns become problems, including things like 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 obvious issues. The drinker begins to miss work, starts arguments with family members and friends while intoxicated. The alcoholic will elect to drink in spite of harmful consequences. At this point, alcohol rehab is most effective.
Alcoholism Stage 6: Middle Stage of Dependency
During the middle stage of alcoholism, adverse consequences begin to escalate. The user loses his or her job due to too many skipped days at work.
Alcoholism Stage 7: Crisis Stage of Dependency
At this crisis point, everyone takes note of the consequences of alcohol addiction, including the alcoholic. Serious health problems become issues. The alcoholic is rarely without a drink, but the drinker 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.