Do you have a drinking problem? Over 6% of adults in the United States do.
Perhaps you don’t know but suspect you might. Maybe you don’t know how to tell, and if that’s the case don’t feel bad.
The problem is that not everyone shows obvious signs, and most of us don’t know what else to look for. What should we be looking for, though? What are some signs of alcoholism?
There are actually quite a few, some more serious than others. We’ll tell about a few of them in the paragraphs below.
1. Hiding Your Drinking
One of the major signs of alcoholism is secretive drinking. Alcoholics are often aware of their problems on some level and tend to be ashamed of them, so they attempt to hide their drinking from those around them.
If you find yourself drinking alone a lot and even going to the lengths of lying to people so they don’t know you’re drinking, you probably have a drinking problem.
2. You Can’t Stop
A major red flag for addiction to anything is an inability to stop. Have you ever tried to stop or even just cut back on your drinking and found that you couldn’t?
Alcoholics find it difficult to stop drinking and even find themselves choosing their drinking habit over other aspects of their life. They often give up on things they used to enjoy and may even withdraw from their friends and family.
3. Legal or Physical Issues
It’s not uncommon for those with drinking problems to have issues with the law. These can include anything from public intoxication arrests to DUIs. It can even include other crimes, such as theft, that were indirectly caused by drinking.
Legal issues aren’t the only problems that can be caused by alcohol. If you have ever been injured or blacked out while drunk, you may have a problem. If you spend a good portion of your time dealing with the effects of excessive drinking you almost certainly do.
You’ve probably heard a million times that the only way to overcome addiction is to check into a treatment center for recovery. However, that sounds a lot easier than it is.
Half the battle is finding the right treatment center and admitting that you need their help. The good news is that we’re here to help and can point you in the direction of a good treatment center.
Recognizing Signs of Alcoholism
It’s very common for other people to recognize the signs of alcoholism in someone before they themselves do. However, if you’ve noticed them in yourself, it’s still valid and you should give yourself a pat on the back.
They say admitting you have a problem is the first step to recovery, and the reason for that is because you have to escape denial to do it. If you’ve begun to notice things like drinking in secret, struggling to stop or even getting into physical and legal trouble because of your drinking, you’re on the way to recovery.
If you want to know more about our recovery center, please visit our site. We’re here whether you’re concerned about yourself or someone else. Reach out and contact us today.