Alcoholism Stage 1: Abstinence
Alcohol dependence can actually begin before the drinking commences if an individual has perceptions and attitudes uniform with those that addicts generally exhibit.
Alcoholism Stage 2: First Use
Stage two can include the experimental use of alcohol, periodic usage, or periodic binge drinking (i.e., once or twice a year). First usage of alcohol may not be a problem for the user or those people who are close to the user. Irregular drinking may well provoke troubles while the user is drunk or the following day, she or he has not reached the stage of dependence.
Alcoholism Stage 3: Significant Risk Use
Significant risk describes an abundance of drinking, and poor choices made when intoxicated. At this stage, the pattern and regularity of alcohol abuse is high enough to be dangerous for the drinker and people around them.
Alcoholism Stage 4: Problematic Usage
Problematic usage of alcohol occurs when the harmful consequences of alcohol consumption becomes obvious. Physical health concerns become problems, including things like impaired liver function and/or STDs (sexual transmitted diseases). DUI (driving drunk) charges may occur, and/or other legal issues relating to drinking to excess and making poor choices. Family and friends recognize there is a problem.
Alcoholism Stage 5: Early Stage of Dependence
The early stage of alcohol addiction is characterized by obvious issues. At this point, alcohol rehabilitation is most 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 skipped days at work.
Alcoholism Stage 7: Crisis Stage of Dependency
At this crisis point, everyone takes note of the consequences of alcoholism, including the alcoholic. Serious physical 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.