How Do I Know if I Am an Alcoholic?
Are You Suffering From Alcoholism?
Alcohol abuse can develop into alcoholism. Many ask themselves, how do I know if I am an alcoholic? Have you been unable to control your drinking? Are you physically and emotionally dependent upon alcohol? Are their physical and emotional consequences due to your drinking? Do you experience withdrawal symptoms in between drinking episodes? Do you find it difficult to function normally without the effects produced by alcohol? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be suffering from alcohol addiction.
What is Alcoholism?
Alcoholism is a disease. Alcoholism occurs when an individual compulsively drinks, is unable to stop drinking despite negative consequences and suffers from cravings. The cravings experienced make leading a normal life challenging and often cause destructive behavior. Alcoholism manifests as both a physical and psychological need for alcohol. The individual often experiences physical dependence, tolerance and feel that they are psychologically unable to cope without alcohol. Someone who suffers from alcoholism is often consumed mentally. They are often unable to function normally in day-to-day life without the effects produced by alcohol. Taking a drink, obtaining more alcohol and hiding their drinking often consumes their thoughts. The emotional and physical toll alcoholism takes is severe and professional help is recommended.
Signs of Alcoholism
– Loss of control: when someone continues to drink despite his or her intentions.
– Risky behaviors: those who are suffering from alcoholism are more likely to put themselves in dangerous situations due to lowered inhibitions caused by the effects of alcohol.
– Dishonest and secrecy: alcoholics will often go to great lengths to hide or disguise their drinking
– Loss of interest: alcoholics will often spend less time with family and on activities they previously enjoyed. Poor academic and work performance often occurs.
– Change in appearance: alcoholism is extremely destructive; an alcoholic’s outward appearance may reflect the unhealthy choices they are making in their everyday life.
– Change in attitude or behavior: alcoholics often exhibit severe changes in overall attitude and behavior. Their mood often fluctuates depending on their level of intoxication. Agitation often occurs when the alcoholic is without alcohol.
– Tolerance and withdrawal: over time alcoholics often require an increased number of alcoholic beverages in order to receive the effect they desire. Alcoholics will often experience withdrawal symptoms when the effects of alcohol begin to wear off.
– Continued use despite negative consequences: alcoholics will often continue to use alcohol despite negative consequences such as legal issues, loss of employment, loss of family support and decrease in overall health.
What Are Withdrawal Symptoms?
Withdrawal symptoms are unpleasant physical and mental symptoms that occur when stopping or reducing the intake of a drug. The characteristics of the withdrawal symptoms vary depending on what drug is being used. Dosage and length of usage are additional factors that may determine the characteristics and severity of the symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms associated with alcoholism are severe and can be fatal. It is important that one seek professional help if they are experiencing withdrawal symptoms. Death can occur if someone abruptly stops drinking alcohol. Some examples of possible emotional withdrawal symptoms are: anxiety, restlessness, insomnia, irritability, depression, headaches and lack of concentration. Some examples of possible physical withdrawal symptoms are: sweating increased heart rate, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle tension and difficulty breathing.
Concerned About Yourself or a Loved One?
Alcoholism is a serious disease and with the right help, emotional and physical recovery from addiction is possible. If you or someone you love needs help, please do not hesitate to give us a call and we would be happy to answer any questions you may have. Please call (877)799-1985 or simply click the link below.