Are You Addicted? 3 Signs of an Alcohol Addiction

February 25, 2014

Alcohol addiction is a serious issue that can impact the health, wellness and future of a friend or loved one. Yet if you’ve never explored this drug or have a limited understanding of its effects, you may be at a loss when it comes to determining whether or not your loved one is impacted by this dangerous disease.

While you can reach out to rehab centers in your area to gain greater insight into the nature of alcohol addiction and other forms of substance abuse, with these tips you’ll learn more about the hidden signs of addiction.

Signs of alcohol addiction/abuse include but are not limited to:

1) Emotional ups and downs

As alcohol slowly takes over a person’s life, they begin to have difficulty keeping everything in order. They will miss work or commitments because they are drunk or hung over. They will also start to be afraid that people will know of their disease and look down on them, so they will begin to isolate themselves from loved ones. Managing an alcohol problem can be very stressful, and thinking of the good old days or how bad things are now can be very emotional. An alcoholic can often turn from happy-go-lucky to depressed or angry in a short amount of time.

2) Increase in tolerance

Those who struggle with alcoholism build up tolerance for the substance through prolonged and increased use. Therefore, alcoholics feel the compulsion to drink great amounts of alcohol in order to feel the same effects as someone who is not addicted. The increase in tolerance not only breeds strong cravings to drink, but loss of control over their consumption once they begin to drink. It’s also common for alcohol addiction to take such control that individuals lose control of their actions when drinking and even become violent, confrontational or engage in dangerous behavior.

3) Onset of withdrawal symptoms

Physical dependence breeds uncomfortable and serious withdrawal symptoms when alcohol is not consumed. Trying to quit is difficult, and causes severe side effects such as nausea, sweating and tremors. Someone with alcohol dependence is not able to quit drinking on his or her own, and professional help in a medical setting is usually necessary.

Supportive friends and family members should be willing to encourage individuals battling alcohol abuse to seek help. Those concerned should begin to prepare for and act on directing a loved one to a help line or treatment facility. To learn more about in your area, please call 888-966-8152 today.

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