Although there are a lot of us who may enjoy a glass of wine with dinner or a bottle of beer during a football game, that is what’s known as social drinking. It’s something that we enjoy doing from time to time, but if we happen to go a day, week or even a month without an alcoholic beverage, we’re fine.
But then there are the 18 million individuals (in America) who go beyond simply having a drink on occasion. These are the ones who are actually dependent on alcohol in order to make them feel a certain kind of way, whether it’s more relaxed or bolder. Or, they simply use it as a form of an escape. In these instances, those are individuals who battle, on some level, with abusing alcohol.
Due to the fact that a lot of people consume alcohol and therefore, alcoholism can be difficult to detect, if you’re wondering about what some of the more common signs and symptoms of alcohol abuse are, we’ve enclosed five of them below:
If it’s preventing you from your daily responsibilities. One of the first major signs of alcoholic abuse is if you find yourself drinking so much or so often that it starts to affect things like your job or school performance. If you’re not getting to work on time, if you’re skipping (or worse flunking) some of your classes—if drinking is what you choose to do rather than following through with your daily responsibilities, then that is definitely something to take special note of.
If you’re using it as a coping mechanism. Having one drink after work is one thing, but if you find that alcohol is the thing that you go to do deal with personal disappointments, anxiety or stress, there’s a pretty good chance that you’re using it as a coping mechanism and that’s also the sign of entering into alcoholism.
If you’ve had issues with the law. Each state has some pretty strict laws in place when it comes to drinking while driving. So, if you are someone who has been convicted of being a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) offender, then you probably already know that the consequences range from community service and fines to a suspended license and/or time in jail. All of these can affect your normal way of life. Getting arrested for inebriated is definitely a sign that you are abusing alcohol.
If you notice that you’re having physical withdrawals when you don’t drink. If you ever asked someone who had to go through alcohol addiction treatmentfollow about what they were told about the signs of alcohol abuse, one of the things that they might tell you is that alcoholism usually brings with it physical withdrawal symptoms. So, if going a couple of days without a drink leads to anxiety, nausea, vomiting, depression, irritability and fatigue, you should make an appointment with your doctor to see how much of those physical reactions are connected to your relationship with alcohol.
If your relationships are suffering. When someone is tipsy or drunk, if oftentimes alters their personality and more times than not, it’s not in a good way. If your loved ones and friends are telling you that they have a hard time being around you due to your drinking, you should strongly consider not consuming as much alcohol. Many recovering alcoholics will tell you that by the time they realized how serious their problem was, all they had left was their drink of choice to “keep them company”. And honestly, that’s no way for anyone to live their life.