Alcoholism Signs And Symptoms

While many people abuse alcohol, not all alcohol abusers are alcohols. To be an alcoholic is have an uncontrollable compulsion to drink alcohol. If you are wondering whether or not you are an alcoholic, there are various signs and symptoms that will help you clarify.

Tolerance: When a person drinks a lot and often, the body builds up a tolerance. That means the individual will require more alcohol to reach the desired intoxication effect. This is one of the first warning signs of alcoholism.

Symptoms of withdrawal: People that drink often will sometimes have withdrawal symptoms if regular alcohol consumption decreases. Some symptoms include shaking, sweating, headaches and nausea. However others can be as bad as delirium tremens, seizure, and heart attack.

Unable to quit: If you have tried to quit drinking, but you can’t no matter what you do or how hard you try, you may be an alcoholic.

Regular activities have stopped: When someone has a problem with alcohol, it is common for them to stop taking part in healthy activities or hobbies that they did prior to alcohol abuse.

Drinking despite the ramifications: Choosing to drink excessively even though there are negative consequences due to alcohol abuse.

Consuming your thoughts: When a lot of time and energy is spend thinking about drinking and figuring out when you will be able to drink next.

Questions To Ask Yourself

If you or someone that you care about might have a problem with alcohol abuse but you are not sure, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you have to have a drink to feel normal?
  •  Do people in your life tell you that they think that you have a drinking problem?
  • When you drink do you often ‘black out’ and forget what you did while you were intoxicated?
  • Do you often drink more than you mean to?
  • Do you hide your drinking habits and lie to others about it?
  • Do you have feelings of guilt or shame about your drinking habits?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then you may have a problem with alcohol.

Denial

This is a major obstacle in the life of someone that struggles with alcoholism. Although it seems harmless, it is actually the primary factor that keeps individuals from getting the help that they need. People with drinking problems often deny:

  • That they have a problem at all despite what friends and family tell them.
  • How much or how often they drink.
  • The negative consequences that are derived from alcohol abuse.
  • That they are drinking for any other reason than to cope with other problems.

Alcoholism is a disease that requires detox and rehab to recover from successfully. Call today to talk to a specialist about finding an alcohol addiction treatment facility today.

 

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