My Alcohol Addiction Has Taken Over My Life. Am I an Alcoholic?
Millions of people abuse alcohol in the United States today. It has become a problem for families across the nation because long term alcohol abuse can lead to alcoholism. If you have been abusing alcohol for many years and you are still unsure why you need to even drink in the first place, help is available. There is a way to live happy again without the drink.
What Is the Difference Between Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse?
There is a genetic predisposition in some people that makes them more likely to develop alcohol dependence. In some cases, alcoholism may develop suddenly due to a stressful event, such as a relationship ending, the death of a loved one, retirement or some other loss. On the other hand, alcoholism may creep up as tolerance to alcohol increases. If a person is a daily or binge drinker, the risks of developing alcoholism are even greater.
If a person is an alcoholic, that means he or she abuses alcohol. However, not all alcohol abusers are alcoholics. Someone who abuses alcohol drinks heavily, frequently or both but is not physically dependent upon the substance. Abuse can quickly progress to alcoholism.
What Are The Signs of Alcohol Abuse?
Do I have a drinking problem? Is my family member, friend, or co-worker abusing alcohol?
Some of the common signs and symptoms of alcohol abuse include:
Neglect of responsibilities: Drinking can cause you to neglect responsibilities at home, work, or school. Others may become frustrated by your lack of responsibility.
Reckless alcohol use: This involves using alcohol in situations that puts yourself and others in danger, such as drinking while driving, using prescription drugs or operating machinery.
Alcohol-related legal issues: Alcohol abuse often leads to legal issues for many individuals, such as DUI charges, domestic violence incidents and disorderly conduct.
Drinking despite relationship consequences: Alcohol contributes to the worsening of your relationships with friends, family members and/or spouse, yet you continue to drink.
Drinking for stress reduction: Oftentimes, drinking problems begin as a result of using alcohol to deal with stress. Drinking alcohol to remedy stress is a common sign of alcohol abuse.
Do I Have an Alcohol Addiction Problem?
It takes great courage to ask yourself, “Do I have a problem?” and even greater courage to face the answers. To help determine whether or not alcohol is a problem in your life, consider your responses to the following questions:
1. Do you consume alcohol on a regular basis (e.g. multiple days per week)?
2. Do you drink to relieve stress or when you are depressed?
3. Have you ever missed work, school or an appointment because of your alcohol use?
4. Have you ever experienced a blackout (i.e. memory loss) from drinking?
5. Do most of the people in your life use alcohol on a regular basis?
6. Has anyone ever told you they are concerned about how much you drink?
7. Have you ever had a problem with the law because of your drinking?
8. Do you drink for the feeling that alcohol produces?
9. Do you ever find yourself having more drinks than you intended to have?
10. Do you ever drink alone?
If you answered “yes” to three or more of the questions above, you or someone you know may need treatment for alcohol addiction. Luckily, we can help.
Call The Treatment Center today at (866) 295-6003 for a free assessment. Our admissions counselors are available 24/7 to answer any questions you may have.
Are You a Concerned Friend or Family Member?
If you are a friend or a family member who is seeking help for someone you love, call us today at (866) 295-6003. We can provide you with guidance on how to be effective in getting your loved one the proper treatment for alcohol addiction.