The physical signs of alcohol dependence can be vague in the early stages of the disease. Some early symptoms include:
Blackouts, which cause you to not remember what happened when you were drinking. Blackouts are not the same as passing out. Passing out occurs when you lose consciousness. You don't pass out when you have an alcohol blackout, but you lose your memories of the event.
Accidents and illnesses you can't explain. You might develop new physical problems, such as stomachcramps, or another health problem may get worse.
As alcohol dependence gets worse, physical symptoms of long-term heavy drinking can develop. You may:
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