This is a question that many people ask themselves: am I an alcoholic? The answer to this question is not always so straightforward. Someone who drinks daily may be able to stop or quit drinking for some time, while someone else who only drinks on the weekends may find it more difficult. This article will discuss some of the signs that you might be addicted to alcohol.
Signs That You’re An Alcoholic?
Drinking in the morning to stave off a hangover. Feeling sick when not drinking or anxious about going without alcohol for an extended time. Experiencing withdrawal symptoms such as sweating, shaking, and nausea when abstaining from alcoholic beverages.
Drinking more than four drinks at one sitting (women) or five drinks (men). -Experiencing cravings and compulsions related to drinking excessive amounts of alcohol. Having trouble stopping yourself from having another drink once you’ve started on your first glass; if necessary, make multiple trips back to the liquor cabinet until all available bottles are empty before finally passing out drunk. Making excuses regarding why you need to drink, such as claiming that your job is making you stressed, so you must have a few drinks before going home.
Engaging in risky behaviors that lead to even more drinking when involved with drugs or alcohol. Using substances excessively during work hours and then continuing at the bar after leaving work for an extended time.
Making a ritual out of having drinks before dinner with family members. Recurrent arguments related to the consequences of your alcoholic behavior as well as memory loss from nights you spent drinking excessively. Inability to limit yourself when it comes to how much you drink on any given occasion; going overboard until you lose consciousness is not uncommon for those who are addicted. Drinking even if it causes problems with friends and loved ones. Alcoholism runs in families, so if both parents were constantly drunk, then there’s an increased chance that you will become an alcoholic too.
Being blamed by your spouse whenever something goes wrong in a relationship or at work even though it was their fault and not yours; is an effect known as projection wherein alcoholics will blame others instead of taking responsibility for their actions. Your partner regularly drinks alone despite always claiming that he or she doesn’t have a drink, which can lead them down the slippery slope towards alcoholism.
Seeing that large quantities of alcohol are disappearing from the home, whether it’s been hidden away or consumed regularly without you being present. Your partner was constantly making up excuses for why they need to drink or disappear for long periods, usually saying that they’re just going out with friends but returning home extremely intoxicated. Worried about how your loved one will cope with stressful situations when intoxicated, especially if they’ve never been like that before. Your partner refuses to go out with you or other loved ones because of feeling too hungover from the night before.
Compulsive behaviors such as hoarding alcohol, hiding bottles in odd places, and stealing money from friends or family members so that you can afford more drinks. You experience withdrawal symptoms when not consuming alcoholic beverages for an extended period; this is often the case after participating in festivities involving lots of partying. It feels like life revolves around finding opportunities to drink with others, whether at social events where there’s bound to be alcohol available or by making plans with friends who are heavy drinkers on nights during which everyone will come over to your place for some beers before moving onto another bar later on. Not being able to have fun unless you’re drinking, no matter how much a festival may be offering for entertainment.
You drink alone when there are no other people around for company. Consuming alcohol at inappropriate times, such as before work or school events where alcohol is not even served among friends who meet during happy hour after a long day at their jobs. -Continuing to drink despite knowing that it’s causing problems in your life; if necessary, neglecting responsibilities and jeopardizing relationships with loved ones because having drinks takes priority over everything else you’d rather be doing.
To conclude: if you can relate to many of these symptoms, it is time for you to seek help. If your loved one exhibits most or all of these symptoms as well, reach out and offer them support in the form of rehab facilities that are equipped with medical professionals who know what they’re doing. Call us at 833-846-5669 to get started today.