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:
Not feel hungry, not eat well, and lose
Notice tiny blood vessels on your skin that look like
spider webs (spider angiomas).
See swelling or redness of the palms
of your hands.
Have redness on your face, especially your nose and
Have repeated infections and skin sores
Have less interest in sex. Men might also notice
shrinkage of the testicles and impotence.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerPeter Monti, PhD - Alcohol and Addiction Christine R. Maldonado, PhD - Behavioral Health