When a person is an alcoholic, the MayoClinic.com explains that she cannot limit the amount of alcohol that she consumes. Alcoholics must have a drink at certain times, and can become irritable when it becomes closer to their drinking time. They can develop a tolerance to alcohol, which leads to a higher consumption of alcohol. The high consumption of alcohol can cause blackouts, in which alcoholics have periods of time that they do not remember. Other signs of alcoholism include drinking alone or in secret, keeping alcohol in unlikely areas and having problems due to alcohol, such as legal problems.
Alcohol can cause multiple problems for the person, such as cirrhosis, high blood pressure and gastritis. But a parent's alcoholism can also affect her child's mental health. A new study published in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research looked at the risk of psychiatric disorders in children of alcoholic parents. HealthDay News reports that the study used data from nearly 17,400 women and more than 23,000 men; the information from these subjects were from the U.S. National Epidemiology Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions. The researchers found a stronger connection of psychiatric disorders with mothers and daughter.
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