10 Critical Warning Signs of Alcoholism

Critical Alcoholism SignsUnderstanding the warning signs of alcoholism can help you or a loved one determine whether there is excessive taking or reliance of alcohol. Consuming a drink or two per day for healthy men and a consume a day for healthier non-pregnant women is generally regarded to present limited health risks. However, as the amount of taking per event or weekly increases, one or more of the ten warning signs of alcoholism will appear.
Alcohol reliance is the most serious alcohol problem. Two alcoholism signs associated with reliance are patience and withdrawal. Tolerance is the need for increasing volumes of alcohol to become drunk. Withdrawal symptoms happen when alcohol intake is reduced or stopped. Alcohol abusers are consumers that may consume intensely at various times. Alcoholism signs for alcohol abusers can be related issues such as drinking and driving, violence or missing work or school.
In the USA for example as many as 14 million adults are seriously large consumers that could be described as alcohol abusers or are alcoholics.

So what is regarded ‘heavy drinking?

According to the Nationwide Institution on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, drinking more than the amounts shown below is regarded as heavy drinking:

  • For healthy men under age 65, consuming no more than 4 drinks a day and no more than 14 drinks in a seven day period.
  • For healthy women under age 65 or healthy men over age 65, taking no more than 3 drinks a day nor more than 12 drinks in a seven day period.

What are the 10 warning signs of alcoholism?

  • Drinking Alone.
  • Making Excuses, Finding Excuses to Drink.
  • Daily or Regular Drinking Needed to Function.
  • Inability to Reduce/Stop Alcohol Intake.
  • Violent Episodes Associated with Drinking.
  • Drinking Privately.
  • Becoming Angry When Confronted About Drinking.
  • Poorer Eating Routines.
  • Failure to Care for Physical Appearance.
  • Trembling in the Early morning.

Alcoholism warning signs can also include the inability to remember the activities of the past evening or feeling nervous in a social situation where alcohol is not available. Drinking can accurately be called problem drinking when it becomes drinking that causes problems.

Does heavy and chronic drinking have health consequences?
YES it does. Chronic heavy drinking can result in serious damage to the liver, heart, brain and other vital organs. Such serious physical damage can be irreversable and result in serious diseases or even early loss of life.
If the above 10 warning signs of alcoholism help create interest in discovering a possible alcohol addiction habit in you, a loved one or friend and then seeking help, the great thing is that help is available. I impel you to consider contacting your doctor, physician or any other qualified professional or oeganisation (Check the Help Page). You may wish to contact Alcoholics Anonymous. AA has local groups that meet regularly throughout the Western World. No matter how many alcoholism signs may exist, it is never too late to begin recovery from an alcohol habit. Obviously, the earlier recovery starts, the better it will be on you, your family or loved ones