Top 10 Signs of Alcohol Addiction
When someone is struggling with alcohol we often wonder where are the boundaries of alcoholism, when is a behavior a sign of addiction?
In our first blog post we thought it best to layout the basic signs of alcohol abuse and addiction.
Alcoholism, also known as Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD), is a chronic and often progressive disease characterized by a compulsive need to drink alcohol despite negative consequences.
The symptoms of alcoholism can vary from person to person and may include:
- Strong cravings for alcohol
- Drinking alone or in secret
- Drinking to the point of intoxication frequently
- Continuing to drink despite negative consequences, such as relationship problems, health problems, or work-related issues
- Tolerance to alcohol, meaning that it takes more alcohol to achieve the desired effect
- Withdrawal symptoms, such as tremors, sweating, and anxiety when trying to quit drinking or cut back on drinking
- Spending a lot of time drinking or recovering from alcohol use
- Neglecting responsibilities and activities that were once important, such as work, school, or family obligations
- Continued use of alcohol despite knowing the negative effects it has on physical and mental health
- Giving up other activities in order to drink.
If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, it may be a sign of alcoholism, and it is important to seek professional help.
Treatment for alcoholism can include medication, counseling, and support groups.
If you are seeking immediate help you can book an appointment for an assessment and get a professional recommendation for treatment if necessary.