Facing the facts and realizing that you are one of your loved ones are dealing with an alcohol abuse problem can be hard and unpleasant. It may be easy for some people to realize that they are abusing alcohol, as evidenced by hangovers, work problems, and the deterioration of relationships due to drinking too much, those same people may find it hard to tell if they are actual alcoholics. If you or someone you love is worried about a drinking problem, perhaps it is time to ask yourself some difficult questions regarding whether or not you are an alcoholic.
Alcohol abuse and related issue do not crop up over night; rather they usually are a result of other problems. Many things may contribute to the alcohol problems, including genetics, social conditions, life stressors, and the family environment. There are also people with mental health issues who use alcohol to self-medicate and do not even realize it. Sometimes people whose families have history of alcoholism, alcohol abuse, and social drinking can end up having struggles with alcohol. Sometimes the dangers of alcohol are masked by using alcohol to socialize or release emotional tension in a family setting.
No matter why some starts to have a drinking problem, there is nothing good about alcohol abuse. Many times it results in self loathing, frustration and despair. Not only that, but the family of the alcoholic is always affected by these problems, as are friendships and the work environment. Alcohol abuse is self -destructive and can break up marriages cause social rejection, the loss of one’s job, the neglect of one’s children and other responsibilities, legal troubles, and poor health.
There are a lot of things that can indicate that someone is suffering from alcohol abuse. However, not every alcoholic will have the same signs of alcohol abuse because the substance has different effects on different people.
When you are trying to figure out if you or a loved one is struggling with alcohol abuse, here are some things you can look for.
1. Being able to drink large quantities of alcohol without showing any signs of being intoxicated.
2. An obsession with alcohol and drinking.
3. Blacking out or lapses in memory.
4. Neglecting your responsibilities.
5. Using alcohol to feel better. This includes using it for calming their nerves or quieting the mind.
6. Not being able to sleep through the night, or suffering from insomnia
7. Binge drinking. This includes consuming large amounts of alcohol two or more times each week.
8. Soothing a hangover by consuming alcohol.
9. Consuming alcohol to feel childlike or carefree.
10. Using alcohol to relieve social anxiety or because of peer pressure.
11. Hiding or sneaking alcohol.
12. Drinking before social events and gatherings.
13. Losing job or receiving reprimands from employer due to drinking.
14. Having a turbulent relationship or marriage caused by too much drinking. For example, your partner threatens to leave, or does, because of drinking problems.
15. Friends, family, etc complaining about drinking too much or inappropriately.
16. Having medical problems or other issues because of alcohol consumption
17. Being hospitalized or institutionalized because of something caused by alcohol intake.
18. Getting arrest because of drunk driving or other alcohol related incidents, including arguments, altercations, and disturbing the peace.
19. Being a completely different person when influenced by alcohol. This includes becoming aggressive or violent, being sexually promiscuous, or being rash.
20. Feeling guilt or shame after consuming alcohol.
21. Losing friends or other social issues because of too much alcohol intake.
22. Consuming alcohol in the morning.
23. Not taking care of self, evidenced by lack of hygiene
24. A history of alcohol abuse in the family history.
25. Getting drunk a lot. Drinking to the point of intoxication two or more times in a week
26. Drinking all alone.