Do You Need Help? 10 Warning Signs of Alcoholism

Recognizing the symptoms of alcoholism can make a tremendous difference in getting proper treatment and heading down the path to recovery.

Some warning signs include:

Drinking more than planned or intended

Failing to fulfill obligations at school, work or home (making drinking a priority, despite responsibilities, leading to missed school or work)

Continuing to use despite negative impacts on relationships, financial situation or health

Using in situations that could be physically hazardous, like drinking and driving

Showing an increased tolerance to alcohol (drinking more in order to achieve the same desired effect). Because the brain changes with alcohol abuse, one of the first physiological signs of addiction is building up a tolerance.

Experiencing physical or psychological withdrawal symptoms when attempting to stop drinking (anxiety, depression, insomnia, nausea, sweating, hand tremors/"the shakes," confusion, seizures and visual hallucinations)

Losing interest in once-enjoyed activities or becoming socially isolated

Becoming dishonest or secretive, aggressive, moody, or temperamentalpeople who have an alcohol addiction will try to hide it.

Craving alcohol, such as drinking first thing in the morning

Spending an inordinate amount of time thinking about drinking, acquiring alcohol, and recovering from hangovers

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