Ten Signs of Alcohol Abuse
Alcohol abuse is an extremely serious disease that an increasing number of people struggle to deal with every day. Increasingly so many people enjoy a glass of wine or a beer after a long day of work, but the difficulty lies in knowing when your drinking is becoming or has become a problem. Casual drinking can quickly turn into a more serious issue for many people with addiction problems.
If you’re asking yourself whether you have (or someone you know has) an alcohol problem, take a look at the signs and symptoms below. If these symptoms sound familiar, you may want to consider seeking professional help. Alcohol abuse can have serious long-term effects on you and the people around you. The sooner you get help, the better it will be for you and your loved ones.
Here are ten signs of alcohol abuse:
1.Temporary Memory Loss and Blackouts:
If you consume so much alcohol that you black out or can’t remember pieces of your night, you may have a drinking problem. The inability to recall moments that happen when you’re drinking is a result of excess alcohol which prevents your brain from functioning normally. If you suffer from regular blackouts as a result of drinking, you should seriously consider seeking treatment.
2. Drinking to Cheer Up:
If you rely on alcohol to boost your mood, you may be becoming too dependent on it. A glass of champagne to toast a occasion or a beer while you’re watching a sporting event is completely acceptable but using alcohol as a means to make you feel better when you’re not happy is a common sign of substance abuse.
3. You have tried to quit but you can’t:
Many of us have tried to quit (or at least cut back) on drinking at some point. If you’ve tried quitting multiple times and can’t seem to kick the habit, it may be an indication that you are addicted to drinking. Once you become addicted, it’s difficult to control the amount of alcohol you take in every day. If you’ve tried to quit and can’t, it may be time for you to seek assistance from a professional.
4. You drink to be normal or to fit in:
Do you feel like you need alcohol to fit in? If you don’t feel comfortable in social settings unless you have a drink in your hand, you may have a problem. You shouldn’t need alcohol to feel a sense of normalcy. If this is the case, you might be relying on alcohol to deal with deeper issues.
5. Flushed Skin and/or broken facial capiliaries:
One of the physical signs of chronic alcoholism is flushed skin and broken capillaries on the face. If you’ve noticed a change in your appearance (or if others have pointed this out to you), you may want to consider either cutting back on your alcohol intake or seeking treatment for your addiction.
6. Trembling Hands:
Trembling hands are one of the most common symptoms of alcohol abuse. If you’re experiencing shakiness in your hands (especially after a day/night of drinking), it’s because the nerves in your body have been damaged due to excess alcohol. If this happens frequently, you definitely need to see someone to address your issues.
7. Problems with Family and Friends:
If you’re having recurrent arguments with friends and family members in regards to your drinking habits, this may be a clear indication that your habits are more serious than you think. If you can’t give up alcohol when friends and family members express their concern, you’ve become addicted. Once you’re addicted, it’s very difficult to break the habit. The sooner you address your issues, the sooner you can heal your body and the relationships you’ve broken because of drinking.
8. Drinking in Secret or Lying about your alcohol Intake:
If you feel the need to drink in secret or lie to family and friends about how much alcohol you consume, it’s safe to say there’s something wrong. You wouldn’t be lying about it if you thought it was normal. At this point, you’ve probably realized that you have a problem but are unwilling to seek help. If you can’t stop lying about your alcohol issues, your life may spiral out of control very quickly. You need to seek help right away to address your substance abuse problem.
9. Anxiety, Insomnia and / or Nausea when you Stop Drinking:
Sure, many of us experience anxiety, insomnia and nausea after a night of drinking (that’s part of the hangover) but if you experience these symptoms for days after you’ve tried to stop drinking, it’s most likely because you’re addicted. Your body is experiencing these symptoms because it’s suffering from alcohol withdrawal. This means that your body has become so dependent on alcohol that it doesn’t know what to do when you stop drinking. Fortunately, these symptoms will eventually subside once you’ve eliminated alcohol from your body for a significant period of time.
10. Drinking in the morning:
If you’ve started drinking in the morning, you almost certainly have a problem with alcohol. There’s no reason to be drinking in the morning, unless your body is so addicted that you feel as though you can’t start your day without a drink. Chances are, you have to drive somewhere that day as well, which means that you’re willing to get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. If you’re drinking in the morning, you need to seek help as soon as possible to address your issues before your problem ends up putting your life and other’s lives in danger.
Ten Signs of Alcohol Abuse was courtesy of Angela Ayles:
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