Last time, we gave some examples of warning signs of alcoholism. Here are a few more red flags to keep an eye out for if you think that yourself or a loved one could benefit from alcohol abuse help. If these describe your situation, don’t hesitate to seek alcohol abuse treatment!
Are you spending a lot of your time and energy on alcohol?
Alcoholism, like all addiction, changes the way the brain works. Normally, the brain has a natural reward system that creates pleasurable feelings in response to eating, good news, intimacy, etc. When addicted to alcohol, the reward system is compromised, so that it will only produce those pleasurable feelings when alcohol is present. Knowing this, it’s obvious why an alcoholic would be constantly focused on alcohol and trying to find where his or her next drink is coming from. If you are finding that there are few social engagements you have that don’t involve alcohol, or that there is rarely a moment in your life that isn’t spent drinking, thinking about when to next drink, or recovering from drinking, you may be suffering from alcoholism.
Are you unable to stop drinking?
Everyone’s heard the excuse “I can stop whenever I want to,” but it’s often said by people who have no intention of wanting to stop. Also, it’s frequently untrue. Many people realize their drinking is a problem, desperately want to stop, and make a conscious effort to quit. However, alcoholism isn’t an easy disease to beat by will alone. If all your efforts to stop drinking end with failure, it may not be entirely your fault—it could be that you suffer from alcoholism, and thus your brain has been rewired to desire alcohol above all else, a desire too powerful to expect to overcome without alcohol abuse help.
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Do you feel nauseous, achy, or jittery when you don’t drink?
After a few days without alcohol, some people start to feel uncomfortable, unusual symptoms. They may feel nauseous and unable to sleep. Depression and irritability are common, as are headaches and anxiety. The most famous symptom, however, is also the most noticeable: involuntary shaking. These symptoms are of alcohol withdrawal, and are probably the biggest red flag for alcoholism. Experiencing withdrawal means that the person is physically dependent on alcohol, one of the main factors of addiction. If you are having withdrawal from alcohol, get treatment as soon as possible before the disease worsens.