It’s not always easy to recognize in yourself or in others when alcohol has become a problem. What may appear to be normal recreational use of alcohol might be a much deeper rooted issue behind the scenes. If you suspect you or loved one may be having difficulty controlling alcohol use, it’s important to recognize the signs so you can seek treatment right away. The longer addiction occurs- the more serious the consequences. Here are some signs of an alcoholic- if you or someone you know fits the profile- it’s time to speak with a professional and begin the journey back to sobriety.
Even people who aren’t addicted to alcohol can go overboard every now again, but drinking to the point of losing memory is a sure sign that an individual has lost control. Safely using alcohol means knowing when to stop- but when addiction is the picture, they may not be able to. This is especially true if it happens on a regular basis. Blacking out is a serious medical issue and can cause damage to the brain, liver, and kidney function.
Drinking to the point of memory loss can cause permanent damage, lowering your cognitive performance and increasing your risk of serious health conditions. Alcoholism is one of the most fatal addictions- and if instances of blacking out are occurring regularly- you need to seek immediate medical attention.
Having a drink with some friends can be a fun way to let loose and relax from a stressful week- but if you use alcohol as a way to improve your mood, you might have a problem. Although alcohol is known to improve moods in small doses, it shouldn’t be used as a cover-up for emotional issues. This not only prevents you from working through internal struggles but actually makes them worse and creates more over time.
Lack of Consumption Control
A part of responsible drinking is knowing when to stop and knowing when you’ve gone too far. If you find yourself unable to stop once you start- this is a sign you have a problem. Addiction is just as much physical as it is mental, and when you have an addiction your body and mind both tell you that you need more.
Heavy drinking not only affects your short term– with cognitive and psychological declines but also long-term. Large of amounts of drinking build up a tolerance, and soon you need more to feel the same effects. This dangerous cycle leads to heavy binge drinking and deepens the addiction that has already begun. If you or someone you know has trouble controlling the amount of alcohol consumed, it’s safe to just not drink or seek help if you can’t quit on your own.
Alcohol has serious and obvious physical repercussions. One of the physical signs is flushed skin on the face, neck, chest, and arms. The symptoms typically present themselves as rosy cheeks or visible blood vessels. This happens when too much alcohol is in your system and damage to small blood vessels occur in localized regions.
If you notice a rash or change in skin appearance after drinking, you should consider cutting down on the alcohol intake. If the rash becomes apparent more often than not, you are drinking too much and too often. Seek help from a professional before the damage is irreversible.
Trembles and Shakes
This physical result of drinking is pretty serious and usually only occurs when extremely high levels of alcohol are present in the body, or if you are suffering from withdrawals. This symptom warrants immediate medical and professional attention.
When alcohol abuse gets to the point of shakes and trembles, the body is suffering extreme dehydration, nerve damage, and lack of immunity. Alcohol withdrawal can be life-threatening and is one of the only addictions that can result in fatalities. Do not attempt to withdraw on your own. If you experience these extreme symptoms, talk to a medical professional about a safe detox and treatment plan.
Relationship Issues/ Changes
If your relationships with friends, families, or significant others are changing in a negative way (arguments, clashing opinions, hostility) and you drink a lot, this could be a big factor. Alcohol use and withdrawal cause mood swings, and addiction, in general, makes people lack awareness and care for their relationships.
If a major focus is placed on having your next drink instead of quality time with loved ones, you might have an addiction that’s starting to take over your life. Improving relationships can actually be a motivating factor and supportive aspect of quitting alcohol. Treatments done in different therapeutic settings can help you strengthen relationships and work towards removing alcohol from your life completely.
Lying About Your Intake
If you don’t have an issue or feel guilty about the amount that you drink-you would have no problem sharing with others about your habits. If you know that you drink too much or are struggling with an addiction, however- you might try to conceal that information to avoid criticism and judgment.
If you lie to people you trust about how much you drink or where you go/people you hang out with, chances are you’re not treating your body right. Living in secret isn’t fun for your yourself or those you love, so quitting now will help you keep a clean conscience, and a healthier lifestyle.
Addiction is not a cheap habit, even drinking once in a while can be a toll on the wallet and bank account. If you are scraping together every last penny you have to buy that drink or bottle- your priorities are not in check.
Budget out how much you spend on alcohol, and if it’s coming in higher than another spending- you’re probably drinking too much. Quitting alcohol will save your life, and your finances too.
Recovery Is Possible
Alcohol Addiction is not always as obvious as it would seem to be. Sometimes even the addict themselves don’t recognize the addiction in themselves. If you are someone you know relates to any of these signs, call one of our professionals today to talk about treatment options- whether long or short term. Even if your not in a full blown addictive state- learning to control your alcohol use is important to your health. Recovery is possible, call today to find out more about how we can help you make a better you.