Alcoholism is a major problem. What makes it particularly pressing is that most people don’t realize they are alcoholics until the problem reaches a point where treatment has become difficult.
Certain behaviors can signal a drinking problem, however. By watching out for these behaviors, you give yourself the power to address the problem before it becomes a major issue:
Increased tolerance to alcohol: Increased tolerance is a sure sign that you’re drinking more alcohol than you really should be. Taking longer to get buzzed doesn’t mean you have to check in for treatment, but treat it as a warning sign to lay off on the booze for a while.
Withdrawal symptoms: Do you experience anxiety, trembling, depression, irritability, sweating, fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite, insomnia, or headaches when you haven’t had alcohol in a while? This is a sign that your brain has started a process of trying to adapt to the regular presence of alcohol in your body—a process that leads to alcohol dependency. Check in for treatment before it gets worse.
Uncontrollable urge to keep drinking: If you find yourself consistently drinking more alcohol than you intended to, this may be a sign of alcohol dependence. You really should be in treatment by now.
Inability to quit the booze: If you find yourself constantly trying to avoid drinking but just can’t seem to fight the urge to do so, you’re definitely dependent on alcohol. Run! Run to the treatment center before the problem completely destroys your life!