Spotting the Warning Signs of Alcohol Addiction

Drinking a few adult beverages socially is often the way to unwind, relax, and forget about a long day at work. However, turning to alcohol too often can be an indication something far worse is going on. If you, or someone you love, enjoys drinking, but you’re worried about risks for addiction, there are some common warning signs that may help you evaluate the situation.

Dr. David Sherman is skilled in identifying and treating addictions to alcohol, and he offers some tips to help you spot signs that alcohol use may becoming a problem. Alcoholism is treatable and with early intervention, you can overcome your struggle.

Dr. Sherman provides comprehensive support service if you or your loved one’s alcohol use turns into an addiction.

Unable to stop drinking

If you or your loved one isn’t able to stop drinking, this may be a key indication that there’s a physical addiction to alcohol.

Being unable to say no to alcohol when out with friends or when you’re alone is often the initial realization that you need help with your drinking.

Requiring more alcohol to feel the effects

After a period of time, your body adapts to the alcohol you’re taking in. As time goes on, you need more and more alcohol to overcome your body’s tolerance.

When you notice that it takes many more drinks to give you that relaxed feeling, this can be a good indicator that you’re headed toward addiction.

Disregard of priorities

If you’re drinking on a regular basis, it may soon become apparent you’ve checked out from your regular life and responsibilities. For many, alcohol begins to affect your state of mind, making it easier to ignore important issues in your life.

Not only do addicts forget to show up to important events because they’re busy drinking, they may also skip out on responsibilities when recovering from the after-effects of a night of drinking, such as a hangover.

Total focus on alcohol accessibility

Many addicted to alcohol will go so far as to avoid social situations where alcohol isn’t part of the equation. If you find that you’re turning down invitations to family events or other occasions where drinking isn’t permitted, you may have an issue with addiction.

Alcohol addicts also adjust their lifestyle to keep alcohol front and center, opting to hang out with others who also enjoy drinking to excess.

Losing track of your cash

If you’re headed to the liquor store on every payday and can’t figure out why there isn’t enough money to pay the bills, alcohol may be taking control of your life.

As the addiction to alcohol becomes more serious, you may even find it logical to borrow money from others or get into debt in other ways just to secure your stash of drink.

Repeated involvement in bad situations

When drinking heavily, it becomes harder to make decisions, even regarding your own safety. A sure sign of alcohol abuse is getting involved in bad choices or circumstances, such as driving drunk or being in unsafe places while intoxicated.

Many who are addicted to alcohol also don’t pay attention to the potential health risks their drinking is causing, even when the condition becomes life-threatening.

Lying about drinking habits

Addicts often go to great lengths to minimize what’s happening in their lives concerning alcohol use. If you find yourself lying to those you love about how much you drink or drink alone to avoid another’s criticism, you likely need professional help.

The same is true if you can’t even recognize what your drinking and drunken behaviors are doing to your life. In many cases, those with addictions to alcohol fail to take responsibility for their own life, preferring to blame everyone else for their problems.

If any of these signs become a common theme in your own life or the life of someone you love, schedule a consultation for alcohol addiction at Wellness Treasure using the online booking feature or by calling the office today.

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