Alcoholism is a disease that affects millions of people every day. The signs of alcoholism are different for each person. Some people may have the same symptoms, while others may experience entirely different ones. It’s important to know warning signs of alcoholism so you can help yourself or someone else get the help they need!
Drinking more than usual
It’s important to know the signs of alcoholism. If you notice that your drinking habits have changed and that you’re drinking more than usual (or not as much), talk with a doctor or counselor as soon as possible. You may want to consider joining an online support group such as moderation management or alcoholics anonymous (aa).
Having strong cravings to drink
Having strong cravings to drink is another warning sign of alcoholism. In fact, many people who are addicted to alcohol say the craving for alcohol is the hardest part about staying sober. Cravings can be physical, psychological or both.
For example, you might feel an intense need for a drink when you see someone else drinking one in a bar or at home. Or perhaps you only have cravings when you’re experiencing certain emotions like anger or depression—for example: “i just need one” when frustrated with someone at work; “i could use one right now” after coming home from school feeling overwhelmed by responsibility; “i’m so stressed out!”
Being unable to cut back on drinking
- You feel you can’t control your drinking.
- You’ve noticed that you’re becoming increasingly dependent on alcohol.
- You feel like you need to drink more in order to get the same effect from it as before. At this point, your body is beginning to build up a tolerance for alcohol and will require more of it in order to achieve the same “buzz.”
If you find yourself doing any of these things while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, it’s likely that you have an unhealthy relationship with alcohol.