Alcoholism is a medical as well as social problem when organic changes appear in the body or when symptoms that need medical attention occur. In some cases, even symptoms due to abstinence can become a major problem.
- Rise in temperature, the flush of external heat at the expense of internal organs. Excessive doses of alcohol can lead to lowering the body temperature.
- The functional activity of the brain is hampered. There is a feeling of mental and physical exhilaration followed by one of comfort and repose
- Inability to Work
- If the amount of alcohol consumed exceeds the toxic doses, there is loss of co-ordination and muscular power; double vision, sleeplessness, delirium aesthesia, and when the full limit is reached there is total collapse.
In extreme cases
- The temperature is subnormal, the body is bathed in cold perspiration, the pulse may become so weak that it may not be felt, it may be very slow or very fast, the breathing is labored.
- The amount of urine is increased. If it does not progress to collapse, nausea and vomiting may set in.