Back in the days of American Vaudeville and silent films, there were plenty of opportunities to see ‘happy drunks’ in a variety of humorous situations. Nevertheless, make no mistake; reality is far different. Alcoholism is a serious condition that is very destructive on many fronts. It is nothing to laugh about.
Do you have a drinking problem? Are you concerned you might be an alcoholic? If so, the fact that you are asking the question means you are in the right place. Below is a list of the most common symptoms of alcoholism. Go through each one, honestly assessing your own situation. Even if you exhibit just one or two of them, you may have a problem.
Signs and Symptoms of Alcoholism
- Compulsion – If you feel like you absolutely must have a drink, for whatever reason, this is called ‘compulsion’. A compulsion to drink is one of the first signs of alcoholism.
- Morning Drinking – The typical alcoholic wants a drink as soon as he or she gets out of bed. It is no different from the smoker who desires a cigarette first thing in the morning. If you regularly consume alcohol as one of your first daily activities, you are likely an alcoholic.
- Daily Activities – When someone schedules all of his/her daily activities around alcohol consumption, it’s another good sign he/she is an alcoholic. How important a role does alcohol play in your daily routine?
- Dishonesty – Addicts from all walks of life live in a world of denial; a world that includes lying to other people. If you find yourself lying about your drinking habits or amounts, you have a problem.
- Worry – Do you worry about when you’ll have your next drink or where it will come from? Worrying about drinking is another sign of alcohol dependence.
- Tolerance – The alcoholic will find that as his or her condition worsens, he or she needs more alcohol to feel the same pleasurable effect. Pay attention to this symptom closely. Tolerance means you are in pretty deep.
- Withdrawal – There are certain withdrawal symptoms alcoholics will experience when they need a drink but cannot get one. They include things like headache, sweating, involuntary shaking, and anxiety. The symptoms go away as soon as the alcoholic gets a drink.
Do Something about It
So, are you an alcoholic? If you exhibit any of the symptoms listed above it is now time for you to do something about it. You can choose to rid yourself of alcohol once and for all. Alternatively, you can choose to continue living in denial and hoping it goes away on its own.
It will not.
Alcohol Help is here to assist you in regaining control of your life and living alcohol-free. Yet you must make the decision to contact us before we can do anything for you. Call us, send us an e-mail, or use our online contact form to get in touch with us. Our caring, compassionate staff are waiting to hear from you now.
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