Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Abuse
A drinking problem isn’t a label reserved for people who consume copious or frequent amounts of alcohol. Keep in mind that alcohol abuse problems and alcoholism symptoms can creep up on people quickly, often before they even recognize that they have a problem. Alcoholism symptoms do not necessarily mean that a person has a problem with alcohol or drugs, but they are a good indicator that something may be wrong. An experienced alcohol addiction professional is the only person qualified to properly diagnose an alcohol addiction, but there are many signs that point to a problem. In the past year, have you:
- Had times where you ended up drinking more or for a longer period of time than you intended?
- Wanted to stop or cut down on drinking but found you were unable to?
- Drank to “change” your personality (i.e. to feel more confident), or to feel “normal” or in control?
- Spent a lot of time drinking or recovering from drinking?
- Become aggressive or started fights while under the influence of alcohol?
- Experienced blackouts or memory loss when consuming alcohol?
- Wanted a drink so badly it was all you could think about?
- Found that drinking or recovering from drinking interfered with taking care of your home or family or caused problems at work or school?
- Abandoned or cut back on hobbies you once enjoyed in order to drink?
- Gotten into more than one situation while under the influence that put your safety at risk, such as having unprotected sex, walking in a dangerous area, or driving under the influence?
- Continued to drink despite feeling depressed, anxious, or experiencing a related health problem?
- Had to drink more than you used to in order to get the desired effects? Or, have you found that the usual number of drinks were much less effective than before?
- Experienced withdrawal symptoms when the effects of alcohol were wearing off, such as insomnia, restlessness, nausea, racing heartbeat, hallucinations or a seizure?
If these signs sound familiar, it is time to seek help. Treatment for alcoholism can improve your health and help you repair areas of your life affected by alcohol abuse like your relationships, career, and finances.