ALCOHOL USE DISORDER involves compulsive need to drink excessive levels of alcohol. Drinking plays an important part in the day to day life and causes real damage on individual’s health and personal and social wellbeing.
The alcohol dependent people appearing intoxicated regularly, have inability to say “no” to alcohol, and easily become irritable, secretive and insincere.
They suffer from withdrawal symptoms once when they stop drink alcohol. Withdrawal symptoms include sweating, shaking, high levels of anxiety and can lead to seizures.
DRUG ADDICTION or Substance Use Disorder is a compulsive and repeated use of illicit substances (cocaine, heroin, cannabis, etc.) or unprescribed legal medications, which affects an individual’s brain and behaviour and leads to inability to control the use.The individual feels intense urges and with the time needs more of the drug to get the same effect. The drug use continues even if causing serious physical and psychological harm to the addict and makes him to do things that he normally wouldn’t do (begging, stealing, cheating, manipulating etc.)
GAMBLING DISORDER is characterised by impulse to gamble despite serious consequences in your life. Symptoms of gamble addiction include: the feeling that you need to be secretive about your gambling; keep gambling even when you don’t have money; loss of control; being unable to manage impulsive urges to gamble even when the odds are against you; increasing the amount of money and time used to gamble; concerns expressed of your family and friends about your behaviour.