Alcohol is the most frequently abused substance in the United States. While many people can control their drinking and consume alcohol responsibly with moderation, millions of others battle with alcohol addiction. Alcoholism and alcohol abuse can sneak up on you, therefore it is important to be aware of the warning signs and take steps to seek help.
Not Able To Stop Drinking Once You Start
Normal drinkers limit their daily alcohol consumption to two or fewer servings per day. If you have a hard time stopping drinking after you have had the first drink, then that is a sure sign that you aren’t in full control of your drinking and may have a problem. People with a drinking problem tend to always finish a bottle of wine once it’s opened or end up drinking all the beer in the house once they have had one.
“Blacking Out” Regularly
Drinking to the point where you have no memory of what happened the day after is a big warning sign of a serious drinking problem. If your tolerance is increasing and you are drinking more than you used to in order to feel its effects, then that is a strong indicator that you are becoming an alcoholic. When an individual blacks out often, they need to figure out what is driving them to drink so excessively.
Having Trouble in Your Relationships
If your drinking is causing problems with your family, closest friends, or your significant other, then that is a big indication that alcohol is becoming a priority and taking over your life. At this point, alcohol crosses the line from an occasional indulgence to something that seriously impacts your day-to-day functioning. Therefore, it is a major symptom of alcoholism.
Lying or Hiding Your Drinking
A lot of people with a drinking problem are in denial about it. Someone who struggles with alcoholism might drink secretively or lie about how much they drink to make it seem like less of an issue. If they did not think their drinking was a problem, they would not have the need to cover it up. Although this can be hard to spot for other people since individuals are really good at hiding their drinking, it’s an important sign of a more serious problem.
Unlike a hangover, withdrawal is the reaction to the lack of alcohol rather than too much alcohol. As the effect of alcohol or drugs wear off, a person with a drinking problem may experience symptoms such as headache, depression, anxiety, insomnia, nausea, and shakiness. In order to alleviate the symptoms of withdrawal, people reach for another drink.
About Residence XII
Residence XII offers alcohol treatment and drug rehab for women that empower women while leading them on their journey to recovery. At Residence XII, we welcome all women (+18) and aim to provide the highest quality inpatient and outpatient treatment for addiction available. Residence XII also offers a family program aimed at helping family members and loved ones understand how to best help the patient in recovery. Contact us for a free drug and alcohol assessment or to learn more about how we treat women with drug or alcohol dependency. Residence XII is State Licensed by CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) and a member of the NAATP (National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers).