Am I an Alcoholic?
Alcoholism takes many forms, addiction for one person can look entirely different for another. There is often a stereotype that people think of when it comes to alcoholism, but this doesn’t always hold true in the real world. How do you know if you or someone you love is an alcoholic?
While the terms “alcohol abuse” and “alcoholism” are often used interchangeably, they are different. Alcohol abuse refers to a pattern of behavior where an individual drinks excessively despite negative consequences. Alcoholism refers to an addiction or dependence to alcohol where the individual has a physical or psychological compulsion to drink alcohol.
Signs of alcoholism and alcohol abuse to watch for include:
- Taking risks that lead to legal problems
- Putting the lives of others in danger, mixing alcohol and medications, or driving while intoxicated are all risks that can lead to legal problems.
- Drinking to relieve stress
- After a long day or following an argument, it is common in our culture to have a drink to relieve the stress.
- Responsibilities start being neglected
- Letting performance be affected at school or work. Skipping prior commitments because you’re drunk or hungover.
- Focusing on your next drink
- Regularly thinking about your next drink, or having tried to cut back on drinking in the past but you haven’t been successful in doing so.
- Tolerance to alcohol
- The body begins to build a tolerance to alcohol. Alcohol is a drug, the more you drink, the body will become less susceptible to its effects. This leads to needing to consume more alcohol to reach the same effects.
Another sign of alcoholism is when you begin to feel withdrawal symptoms when alcohol is not consumed. Heavy or prolonged drinking can lead to alcohol withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal from alcohol can take hours or even days to set in, and may get increasingly worse in the days following.
Signs of withdrawal include:
- Shaky hands
- Nausea or Vomiting
Withdrawal from alcohol can be dangerous and requires oversight from detox specialists. If you are concerned that you’re an alcoholic and are ready to get help, contact the addiction specialists at A New Start, Inc. today at 844.TALK.ANS. We can get you the help you need for safe detox and start you on the path to recovery from alcohol addiction.