Identifying Alcoholism

Identifying alcoholism as an active drinker is seldom seen.  Most of us do not like to think we have lost control of our drinking.   Like most every other alcoholic, I, too, was ashamed to admit I had a problem. It wasn’t as if I was falling down in the street or making a fool of myself in public.  I was a happy friendly drinker who just enjoyed having a good time with my friends and my family who also seemed to enjoy drinking.  Never did I see it as a problem because I seemed in pretty good physical shape.  I wasn’t fat and looked good in nice clothes.


Nothing seemed particularly wrong in spite of my drinking every single day. My ego and pride would not allow me to accept I had an addiction.  I was way too smart for that to happen to me.  Me? Powerless over alcohol?  Powerlessness is weakness and I am not a weak person.  I would often say, “I can quit drinking any time I want.”  Except I couldn’t.


Admitting there is a problem is among the most difficult steps in seeking help with alcohol addiction.

Some Tips on Admitting there is a Problem

  1. Accepting there is something wrong in your life.
  2. Accept that you no longer have control over certain things.
  3. Be willing to embrace the truth.
  4. Be willing to be honest.
  5. Abandon pride.

Behavioral Signs of Alcoholism

If you have any doubts as to whether you are a victim of the disease of alcoholism, the following are some of the behavioral signs you may want to look for in identifying alcoholism:


  1. Do I drink to relieve tension and feel better?
  2. Am I neglecting responsibilities at home, school or work?
  3. Are too many of my friends and family commenting on the excessiveness or regularity of my drinking?
  4. Am I being dishonest or secretive about my drinking?
  5. Do I continue to drink in spite of the problems alcohol is causing in my life and relationships?
  6. Am I breaking commitments or promises and does my word mean little or nothing to those I love?


Physical Signs of Alcoholism

Along with these glaring behavioral signposts of alcoholism you are probably also experiencing obvious physical symptoms:

  • Loss of Appetite
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Cold Sweat
  • Shaking
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea

If you are drinking and experiencing any of these physical and behavioral signs you may be suffering from the disease of alcoholism.  The Get real Recovery team is made up of licensed professionals who are trained in alcohol addiction therapy and counseling.  When you reach out to us you are reaching out to someone who has been where you are and can help you.  Call our toll-free line for professional and specialized support 866-983-3651


-Barry Diamond Writer/Comedian/Actor

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