Alcohol abuse is something that can sneak up on you. If you think you may have a drinking problem, there is a good chance that you are already on the right path to getting better. After all, denial is the biggest enemy of substance abuse.
What are some signs that your drinking habits may be a problem?
First, one of the most obvious things to consider is the frequency of drinking. How often do you drink? Drinking at inappropriate times or drinking multiple times per week could be an indicator that alcohol is becoming a problem in your life.
Another question to ask yourself is how often you binge drink. Binge drinking is usually considered 4 or more alcohol beverages at a time. The serving sizes differ depending on the alcohol being consumed. If binge drinking is happening often, this is another sign of a growing alcohol problem.
A third question involves the frequency that alcohol interferes with your life. Have you ever called off work or missed class because of a hangover? Have you missed or cancelled plans with friends or family because you were drunk or hungover? All of these are significant warning signs of alcohol dependence.
Many people facing problems with alcohol often feel the need to hide their problem from friends and family. Have you ever felt the need to lie about the amount of alcohol consumed? Have you ever hidden bottles or covered up for behavior that you exhibited while you were drinking? Have you ever felt nervous that there could be consequences if other knew how much you drink?
Alcohol and Successful Recovery
All of these questions require a lot of self reflection. It is important to remember that alcohol addiction does not look the same on every person. Some people with alcohol addictions can function on high levels, hold jobs, and even have successful family lives.
These can often be the most difficult to treat because many of these individuals believe that their ability to function means that they do not struggle with an addiction. This, however, could not be further from the truth. Alcoholics come in all different careers, personalities, and levels of functionality.
If you have answered yes to any of the questions above, or if you feel you alcohol is becoming a problem in your life, get in touch with us at 800-737-0933. We have councilors available 24 hours a day. Just remember, there are people who care. We are here for you.