There are many alcohol abuse symptoms. If you drink heavily, or you know someone else who does, it is important to learn as much as you can about the condition. This way you will know when you or your loved one is displaying symptoms.
There are many who suffer from alcoholism but do not realize that they have a problem. This helpful guide is intended to display some of the symptoms of this devastating disease.
I hope it will help to clear up any questions you may have as to when to consider someone an alcoholic and also importantly, when not to.
Alcoholism As Defined by Alcoholics Anonymous
If you find that the points made in this article fit you, or a loved one, it may be time to reach out for help. Okay, so let’s introduce you to some common alcohol abuse symptoms.
- Alcoholism often affects an individual’s social life. Someone who is affected in this manner may actually find that they drink alone or that they try to hide the fact that they are drinking.In addition to this recreational and social activities may be planned to include consuming alcohol or arranged for a time when the addict knows drink will be available.
- Many who drink heavily suffer from health related problems. While the sufferer may know and understand that their drinking is affecting their health, it may prove to be very difficult for them to stop. I have known people who have drunk more after being told they have 12 to 24 months left to live if they don’t stop. As one young alcoholic told me “wouldn’t you drink heavily if someone said you were going to die?”If you or someone that you know suffers in this manner it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible because some health problems associated with alcohol abuse can actually be reversed if caught early enough.
- Alcohol abuse symptoms usually also involve financial difficulties. Drinking is an expensive habit and it can sometimes cause a person to spend more money than they anticipated (or for that matter spend more than they have! ).This may result in coming up short in cash, forgetting (or are unable) to pay bills and even borrowing money to support the habit.
- When an individual suffers from a drinking habit it may result in them taking risks that they wouldn’t normally take. Often their behaviour can lead to a wide array of legal problems.Many may put themselves and their loved ones in the way of danger and others may make poor choices, like driving while they are over the limit or even caring for young children while drinking. All of these things can obviously lead to serious problems.
- In a number of cases, one of the alcohol abuse symptoms results in complications at work or even at school. Poor performance, absences, tardiness, and behavioural problems may all be exhibited.
- Last but not least, the problems that surround the heavy consumption of alcohol on a regular basis may result in problems with relatives and even friends. They may become angry when asked about their habit and others may even become violent.In some cases, an alcoholic may start to hang out with other alcoholics and isolate themselves from loved ones. I remember thinking to myself many years ago ‘how is it I know so many people with a drinking problem?’ Well of course it’s not that hard to understand, as someone once said “water always finds its own level!”
Alcoholism is a complicated and dangerous condition but for as long as there is still life then there is hope for recovery. It takes a desire to seek a better life and an acknowledgement that there is a problem in the first place.
If you recognize your own or someone else’s behaviour in the above alcohol abuse symptoms, it may be time to reach out for a little assistance. There is help out there but I’m afraid you have to ask for it.