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.
illnesses you can't explain. You might develop new physical problems, such as
stomach cramps, 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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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
March 12, 2014
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