Warning Signs of Alcoholism
For most people, there is nothing wrong with having a drink from time to time. If you have been working all week, you may be looking forward to a beer at the weekend or if you are having a party, relaxing with friends and loved ones. A large proportion of the population consumes alcohol to unwind. It is reported over 50% of adults over 16 in the UK have at least one drink every week and most people don’t mind alcohol if taken in moderation or at a social occasion.
However, what do you do if you are concerned someone close to you, a friend or family member may be drinking to excess? You suspect they are drinking passed ordinary consumption and showing symptoms of alcohol abuse. It can be a tough call, but you should be able to recognise the tell-tale signs of addiction if you think someone you know has an issue.
Common symptoms of alcohol abuse
It is only human nature to try and conceal the fact you may have a problem. But if you have a feeling someone you know may be drinking too much then keep an eye out for the clues. For instance, when you talk to your friend or loved one, do they slur their speech?
Have you noticed them suddenly having problems with balance, coordination or motor skills? Perhaps newly discovered issues with memory and concentration? Does your friend or loved one appear confused and have you noted a change in their personality? Are they raising their voice and talking more than usual and losing their inhibitions? Do they have glassy or bloodshot eyes, and can you smell alcohol on their breath? These are just a few of the indicators a person may be intoxicated.
If you notice someone has had a drink or become impaired, they may be displaying symptoms of alcohol abuse. Are they constantly preoccupied with drinking and only seem to think about going to the pub? Do they find it difficult to control their drinking, consuming alcohol regularly? Do they experience alcohol cravings and are they unable to stop once they have started, although it may be detrimental to their health? Has your friend or loved one experience blackouts and displayed aggressive, erratic, even violent behaviour?
Here is a story from 39-Year-old nursing sister Jean who approached Detox Plus UK for help. Jean spent 28 days in alcohol rehab more than two years ago. Enabling her change in fundamental thinking, she has made changes in her life finding new interest and connections. Her life has opened up into a new awareness with the understanding that her alcohol addiction was all about loss after loss; sobriety is now all about gain after gain. She still keeps in touch – she is now two years five months sober in recovery.
I inadvertently found myself addicted to alcohol, meaning I never set out to become a problem drinker, no one does, I now know the reasons why I became addicted. More importantly, I knew I had a problem, but I did not know the solution. Detox Plus UK provided me with a solution, and more importantly, they showed me how to work it.
I thought because of my profession as a nursing sister who had worked in addiction wards that I knew about this problem and the staff at the clinic will learn from me. How wrong I was, my treatment period was not just about my alcohol problem, although that was my primary problem a large part of the treatment was surrounding all the other issues that made me turn to alcohol.
Apart from the CBT, heart math, anxiety and stress management training, I benefited greatly from the life re-framing, re-alignment and direction.
I spent eight months on sick leave with depression, and this was fully certified by my GP as lied to him and told him I only drank occasionally. So he prescribed anti-depressants. I never told him I was drinking two bottles of wine most evenings and more on weekends and holidays. I told myself I never had a problem as I never drank in the morning or during the day at work. What nonsense, my attitude and application to work were severely affected. This had been going on for many years. Time flies in quick when you are sedated. I was shown by my counsellors and keyworkers exactly what alcohol is, a registered poison, toxin and mind-altering and mood-altering drug, a sedative, anaesthetic and most relevant to me, a highly potent depressant. Bang the light went on, I wonder how many people in the UK after lying as I did to their doctors are diagnosed with depression, take anti-depressants and drink a highly potent depressant (alcohol), what a mixture.
Well, the drinking part of my life is now over, and I truly feel like a re-born person. My spark of life has returned along with my self-esteem, self-worth and confidence. One of the most important things I learned was true honesty, and I practised that when I visited my GP to tell him, I wanted to be signed off. It was difficult, but I told him the whole truth of my drinking. He was delighted, and he told me how much easier his job would be and how much more he could help people if people were honest. However, he did understand the stigma and lack of understanding surrounding the alcohol problem.
I truly feel better every day as if the large weight that has stunted my personal growth and life has been lifted. No more I will quit tomorrow. The mark of a person is how they rebound from a problem; I am now wearing that mark.
If your friend or loved one is exhibiting any of these characteristics, it could mean they are abusing alcohol. However, if you are afraid their condition has turned into an addiction, then you should identify the hallmarks of physical dependency.
Have you observed their alcohol consumption affecting their relationships and work life and yet they continue drinking? Have you noticed it takes your friend or family member more time and a greater amount of alcohol to become intoxicated, suggesting they have built up a tolerance to alcohol? They may be drinking alone and trying to hide it. Do they begin drinking early in the morning and keep on drinking and show the signs of withdrawal when they stop?
Have they allowed alcohol to take over their life? These are some of the indicators you must look out for if you are concerned somebody close to you may be an alcoholic.
Our team of friendly professionals will quickly be able to deduce if you have a problem and can recommend an appropriate rehab facility for you. Contact us today, before it destroys your life.