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This phase is characterized by the use of alcohol to relieve the everyday stress of tensions of life. One individual drinks because of social motivations, and finds that alcohol relieves stress. Overtime, needs to increase the amount of alcohol needed for relief.
This phase begins the black outs – brief periods of amnesia that occur during or immediately following a period of drinking. In this phase, person begins to drink alone and becomes preoccupation with the supply of drinks. Person wakes up in the morning and needs a drink to control tremors
Symptoms of alcohol intoxication includes disinhibition of sexual or aggressive impulses, mood lability, impairment judgement, impaired social or occupational functioning, slurred speech, incoordination, unsteady gait, nystagmus & flushed face. Intoxications usually occurs at blood alcohol levels between 100 and 200 mg/dl.