what can you do if you think you or a loved one might be committing alcohol abuse?
if you think that you may have a problem, then chances are you do.
Once you have the thought that you may be an alcoholic, it is time to seek help. There are many organizations available that can help you fight the addiction.
However, if it is a family member you are concerned about first ask yourself if the above questions would apply to them. Then realize that this is a serious issue and nothing about it is going to be easy. Don’t despair though there are solutions.
Let's look at some facts.
Alcoholism is defined as continual overuse of alcohol despite negative social and or medical conditions. In other words someone who has had a driving while intoxicated ticket and continued to drink in excess and or drive.
The definition began in the early 1800’s and has been revised many times over the years. Alcoholism came into the spotlight with the inception of Alcoholics Anonymous in the 1930’s. Their program of steps has treated alcoholism as an illness. Alcoholism is a problem that leaves many broken lives in its path
How can you know if you or someone you love is an alcoholic? A common screening questionnaire has been used by professionals to determine the likely hood that you are abusing alcohol.
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the cage questions:
- Do you think you should Cut down on alcohol use?
- Are you ever Annoyed when people criticize your alcohol use?
- Do you ever feel Guilty when you are drinking?
- Do you ever need an Eye-opener (a drink of alcohol first thing when you wake up)?
This is just one example of a screening process there are many other more in depth questionnaires that will aid in ascertaining the abuse and some of its causes.
A person who abuses alcohol will have a myriad of problems. They may be unable to pay their bills, drive while under the influence or even steal from you to support the habit. These are just a few of the possibilities there could be all or none of these present with your loved one.
What will be evident is they are addicted to alcohol. Realize you are not alone in facing this problem. There are many people facing the same issues with their loved ones.
Alcohol Abuse Statistics
In my opinion it really doesn’t matter if alcohol abuse is caused by learned behaviour, genetic predisposition or any other single or multiple traumatic event. At the end of the day there is abuse of a drug, albeit a socially acceptable drug and this must stop if quality of life is to be regained.