It can often be difficult to realize you may have a drinking problem, or may even be an alcoholic. You may think your drinking isn’t a problem because you don’t consume large amounts of alcohol, or you go days or weeks without drinking. However even if you don’t drink very often, it’s still possible develop problems and abuse of alcohol, which can ultimately lead to alcoholism. There are challenges in deciphering a problem drinking from alcoholism, there’s a thin line between the two, however the following are symptoms generally associated with alcoholism:
- Inability to control and limit the amount of alcohol you drink
- Continuing to drink in spite of the negative consequences associated with your alcohol use
- Experience strong cravings and impulses to drink
- Development of a tolerance for alcohol, requiring higher amounts and frequency of use to achieve the same effects
- Isolating oneself to drink alone or as a means to hide drinking
- Experiencing physical withdrawal symptoms such as when not under the influence of alcohol
- Experiencing “blackouts,” not remembering conversations and events that occurred while under the influence
- Creating rituals around your drinking habits, such as planned drinking times
- Becoming annoyed or disturbed when others question your drinking habits
- Being irritable when there is no alcohol available
- Keeping stashes of alcohol at home, work, or car
- Intentionally drinking alcohol as a means to feel good or “normal”
- Experiencing legal problems in relation to drinking habits
- Experiencing troubles in relationships with friends, family, and coworkers in relation to alcohol use
- Experiencing financial troubles as a result of excessive spending on alcohol
- Failing to meet commitments as a result of one’s drinking habits
- Loss of interest in activities and hobbies that were once pleasurable
- Experiencing health issues as a result of alcohol use
- Continuing to drink in spite of experiencing health problems associated with alcohol use
If you or a loved one are experiencing three or more of the symptoms listed above, you may have a drinking problem. In addition, if you sometimes feel as if you drink too much or others have expressed concern about your drinking habits, you should seriously consider consulting a doctor. Even if you don’t necessarily feel like you’re an alcoholic, but are under the impression that your drinking may be a problem, seek professional help to be 100% sure. Denial is often a roadblock for those suffering from a drinking problem the effects of alcoholism. Many don’t believe their drinking is problematic or believe their drinking is linked to the problems in their lives. Always listen to those who express concern, they may see the signs that you’re overlooking. You can be assured that by making the decision to seek help that you will be saving your life.
Is My Drinking A Problem?
If you’re concerned that your drinking may cross into the threshold of problem drinking or alcoholism, you can evaluate yourself with the following questions:
- For men, do you consume five or more alcoholic beverages in one day?
If so, consider male alcoholism treatment.
- For women, do you consume four or more alcoholic beverages in one day?
If so, read up on female alcoholism treatment.
- Do you feel compelled to have a drink at the start of your day?
- Do you experience feelings of guilt in relation to your alcohol use?
- Do you feel compelled to cut back on your drinking?
- Do you become annoyed when others comment on or express concern about your alcohol use?
- Have you experienced loss of employment, finances, or relationships as a result of your alcohol use?
- Have you ever experienced legal troubles in relation to your alcohol use?
- Have you ever felt lead to seek professional help for your alcohol use?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you should seriously consider seeking professional help for an evaluation to be sure of whether or not alcoholism or a drinking problem is present.
Seek Help Today!
Although self-evaluation quizzes can be helpful and informative, it is very important to seek a professional evaluation. A self evaluation cannot take the place of a professional evaluation, diagnosis, and/or recommendation for treatment. However, a self evaluation can be useful in raising awareness of a potential problem, once you’ve completed one, take action and seek professional help for further assistance. Harbor Village is here to help if you or a loved one are in need of treatment for alcoholism or a drinking problem. Give us a call today!