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Am I an Alcoholic?

Alcohol is the most readily available and commonly abused substance in the United States. It is also one of the most dangerous of all the addictive substances. Abusing alcohol can cause profound physical and psychological addiction as well as severe problems with relationships, career, money, and reputation. Many people who drink too much are in denial that alcohol controls their every decision.

When the occasional drink or two turns into more frequent abuse, you may wonder if you are showing signs of a drinking problem. Although abusing alcohol can lead to alcohol addiction in addition to serious health problems, they are not the same thing. However, if you try to cut back on alcohol and you find you cannot, it is time to get professional help.

Alcoholism and the Signs of Alcohol Abuse

Alcoholism is a chronic disease defined by the inability to control how much or how often you drink. You can identify signs of alcohol addiction through certain behaviors, such as:

  • Trying to quit drinking without any success
  • Drinking at unusual times, such as in the morning, in the car, at work, or during other socially-inappropriate occasions
  • Hiding alcohol in unusual places, lying about how much you drink to avoid embarrassment, or denying that you have been drinking
  • Feeling withdrawal symptoms when you cannot drink, such as heightened anxiety, nausea, hallucinations, irritability, and shakiness. Seizures may also occur and require immediate professional medical intervention
  • Avoiding situations where drinking alcohol will not be an option
  • Spending more time alone or with new people who drink as much as you do
  • Forgetting about important obligations
  • Worsening problems with health, relationships, and reputation

There are emotional and physical signs of alcohol abuse that can lead to alcoholism. Signs include:

  • Spending more time thinking about and planning drinking
  • Binge drinking, which is consuming more than 4 to 5 drinks in two hours
  • Suffering memory blackouts during drinking
  • Feeling embarrassed about things that happened during drinking
  • Suffering from violence or behaving violently toward others
  • Legal problems such as a DUI
  • Spending more time with “friends” who like to party instead of trusted companions you have known for years
  • Ignoring exercise habits and once-loved activities
  • Using alcohol to “cure” the symptoms of a hangover

Do These Signs Sound Familiar? Get Help Now

If you have tried to quit drinking before, or if you do not think you can quit without help, do not wait until you hit rock bottom. By researching how to get help with a drinking problem, you have already taken a huge step toward getting your life back on track. Trying to detox at home is very dangerous. The longer you wait to get help, the harder it will be to get sober. By calling our alcohol detox facility today, our Recovery Support Team can help you rebuild a healthy, satisfying lifestyle.

Do not spend another anxious morning worrying about the things that happened while you were drinking the night before. Call our alcohol detox center at 1-877-651-6771 for more information now.

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