The Different types of Alcoholism

The Different types of AlcoholismMost people in our society today do not prefer labels, probably because our culture is constantly changing and not very big on commitments of any kind. And when it comes to negative labels, our society avoids them like the plague.

Speaking of labels let’s take a look at the two different types of alcoholics, and the distinct characteristics of each one:

  1. Type 1 alcoholic: “anxiety-prone”, these alcoholics typically develop alcohol dependence later on in life, are very prone to anxiety, and drinking more than normal due to anxiety-filled situations. For type 1 alcoholics brain changes occurred in the endocannaboid system, which modulates stress responses among other things.
  2. Type 2 alcoholic: “impulsive-type”, these alcoholics develop dependence alcohol or drug dependence at a young age, and are characterized by antisocial behavior and impulsiveness. Type 2 alcoholics showed increased levels of AMPA receptors in the anterior cingular cortex, these receptors modify function of synapses between neurons and play a role in the learning and regulation of behavioral models. Which explains the impulsive nature of type 2 alcoholics.

It seems based on this criteria some people carry a genetic trait that made him or her vulnerable to alcoholism at various stages of life, and some of these people never pick up a drink or a drug, while others plummet to their darkest bottom to figure it out. These findings help enhance the understanding of changes in the brain that make people prone to alcoholism, and that are caused by long-term use. Such information is useful for developing new drug therapies for alcoholism, and for targeting existing treatments at patients who will benefit the most from them. Understanding the type of alcoholism you or a loved one has can not only help you make better sense of their behavior, but help direct you to the best suited help for sustained recovery.

Give Now!

The Haven is a 501(c)3 non-profit orgnization which means your donation is TAX deductable. Corporate sponsorships are available for select events and levels at certain times of the year. Please give the gift of sobriety to an individual struggling to leave the life of addiction.
Donate

Connect With Us

PHONE: 801-533-0070
FAX: 801-596-2240
EMAIL: info@havenhelps.com
ADDRESS: 974 E. South Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84102 [map]

Get Updates

Interested in receiving regular updates about events, recovery stories and how to help someone trying to change their path to a better future? Sign-up here to get regular email updates from actual recovered addicts, the staff and board members.