When it comes to alcoholism, it can be tough trying to reach the right conclusions. Considering the possibility that you or a loved one might have an addiction problem is highly emotional, and there can often be a lot of denial and self-doubt involved. To make matters more complicated, there are crucial differences between those who simply drink a lot and those who are truly addicted—and thus, dependent.
With that said, there are some common warning signs of alcohol addiction—and if you recognize any of them, in your own life or in the life of a loved one, it’s important to seek help soon.
What are the Hallmarks of Alcohol Addiction?
Some of those warning signs include:
- Lying about your alcohol consumption, or trying to hide it from friends and loved ones.
- Becoming negligent of your responsibilities—work, school, family, etc.
- Experiencing recurring relationship problems—friction with friends, family, etc.
- Drinking for emotional reasons—to relax, to relieve stress, to feel better, etc.
- Experiencing frequent blackouts, or loss of consciousness as a result of alcohol use.
- Being unable to stop yourself from drinking once you start—even when you realize that it is having an adverse/unhealthy effect on you.
- Drinking dangerously—i.e. when driving, operating machinery, etc.
- Heightened alcohol tolerance—being able to drink more and more without feeling any effect.
- Attempting to quit drinking, but finding yourself unable to do so.
Any one of these warning signs should be taken seriously, because they all point to a problem with addiction. The good news is that addiction does not have to be your permanent state. Treatment works, and with the right approach it can yield lifelong freedom and recovery. If you identify the signs of alcohol addiction in your own life, or in the life of a loved one, seek hope: Call us at Get Real Recovery to take the first step.