Alcohol Abuse

Signs of Alcohol Abuse

alcohol abuse An alcoholic, whether they are dependent on or suffer from alcohol abuse should inquire about getting treatment. Alcoholism is an illness that should not be taken lightly.

When it comes to alcoholism, there are specific signs to look for that would determine if a person needs treatment and what kind of treatment would best suit their needs.

When an alcoholic feels shame from their behavior, they will try to justify it by deceiving themselves and also by lying to others. This is a strong indication that the alcoholic is aware of their illness but in many cases, they are not willing to seek treatment.

To the alcoholic, as long as they are not having serious problems in their life caused by alcohol abuse, many do not see any need to quit their behavior and therefore, will continue to drink.

Stress is a common part of our daily lives, but for some people, they use alcohol as a way of coping with stress. If this is the case, then chances are that they are drinking on a daily basis. Those that are using alcohol to deal with stress may want to consider being evaluated for alcohol abuse.

With alcoholism being a progressive disease, it can play many different roles in how it affects the alcoholic’s life and those around them. For instance, a person may not be able to control the quantity of alcohol that they consume, while others become physically dependent on the substance and many continue abusing alcohol knowing that it can cause health problems.

Emotional Drinking

Self-pity, depression and anger are just a few of the reasons why an alcoholic will drink. For many, they will experience feelings of guilt during their drinking episodes or when they sober up. This is what is known as emotional drinking and it is a good sign that a person is abusing alcohol.

A person that is abusing alcohol will often be confronted by concerned family members or friends or they themselves will be thinking about the need to cut back on their drinking or even attempt to quit on their own.

Always seek advice from a medical physician or a professional that deals with alcoholism and substance abuse. Depending on the stage of alcoholism, an alcoholic attempting to stop drinking may suffer from serious physical withdrawls which will require immediate medical attention.

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