19 Apr Warning Signs of Alcoholism
Warning Signs of Alcoholism
Do you know the most common signs of alcohol abuse? Some are more noticeable than others, but there are definite differences between enjoying an occasional cocktail with friends and binge drinking to the point where there’s an actual problem. If you or someone you care about exhibits any of the symptoms or habits below, there’s an Albuquerque treatment center in your area that can provide expert assistance in handling the treatment of alcoholism.
Unfortunately, drinking can quickly turn from a seemingly innocent and social activity to a serious addiction that may start to control someone’s life. In fact, the moment a person’s drinking causes any type of harm to his health and wellbeing or has a negative impact on those around him, it’s a red flag that it may be time to seek treatment for alcohol abuse.
There’s no clear-cut formula to figuring out if or when someone turns into an alcoholic, but there are some extremely common symptoms to be aware of:
- Facing short-term blackouts or temporary memory loss
- Showing signs of moodiness and extreme highs and lows in temperament
- Coming up with justifications for drinking such as needing it to unwind, cope with stress or sleep
- Putting drinking above prior duties and commitments
- Isolating yourself from loved ones
- Beginning to drink by yourself or keep it a secret from friends and family
- Feeling nauseous, jittery, or ‘sick’ in general, when not drinking
- Hanging out with a new group of friends who also drink in excess and distancing yourself from your past relationships with old friends
The list above is just a small account of typical symptoms people in the early stages of alcohol abuse will be facing, but there are many others. Regardless of how insignificant a person believes his or her drinking problem to be, the truth of the matter is any combination of those signs should not be ignored because they can spiral out of control fairly quickly.
Alcohol Screening Tools
Besides resonating with some of those common situations regarding alcoholism, there are many other screening tools that can be used to help determine whether or not someone is dealing with alcohol abuse. A simple online search will provide an interested party with several screening options to better clue them into whether or not they should seek professional assistance from a local treatment center. A few questions that may be found on the screenings could ask the user if he or she has ever thought it might be time to cut down on their drinking; if they’ve ever felt guilty or remorseful after drinking, or if they’ve been spoken to by loved ones who were concerned about the amount or frequency of their alcohol consumption. Additional questions on other types of screenings might ask the user about any episodes of drinking that led to dangerous behaviors, such as drinking and driving, or promiscuity, or even if the party in question has lost a job or been reprimanded due to drinking. Some screenings could ask about a lost interest in activities they once enjoyed or if they’ve woken up with a serious craving to begin drinking early in the day. Depending on the score of the quiz or screening, the person in question should have a fairly clear indication of what their next steps should be. If you or someone you love is in need of a drug or alcohol rehab in New Mexico, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at Viewpoint Rehab. We are happy to answer any questions or schedule a consultation with you when you’re ready to begin your road to recovery.