Signs and Symptoms of Alcoholism
There are many signs of alcoholism, however there are ones that are more prevalent and should be answered to diagnose alcohol dependency correctly. These signs are outlined below:
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- You’ve Tried to Quit, But Can’t
- Many people have tried to stop drinking or at the least cut back on drinking at some point to fulfill a new year’s resolution or simply lead a healthier life. If you’ve done this many times and find it difficult to nearly impossible to stop, you may be creating a physical dependence to alcohol. With alcohol dependence, your body can start to rely on it and you can go into withdrawal, which can be potentially life threatening.
- Shaky Hands
- You may experience trembling hands if you drink a lot and then suddenly stop. This is because your body has built up a physical need and dependency for alcohol. Also, shaky hands can be a sign that the nerves in your body have become damaged due to excessive drinking. This generally will occur right after a night of drinking and to people that drink excessive amounts of alcohol on a regular basis.
- Drinking Behind Closed Doors and Lying
- Feeling the need to hide your drinking is a huge symptom of alcoholism. Those that are dependent on alcohol know what they are doing would be frowned upon by family and friends, so hiding their drinking becomes a simple solution to a much larger problem. Lying becomes second nature to alcoholics as well because it’s easier to not tell the truth than to deal with the preaching that can come from family and friends.
- Being Able to Drink More Now
- Having a high tolerance to alcohol is a clear sign that you have built a dependence to alcohol from frequent consumption in large amounts. If you drink more than you did when you first started and it takes more alcohol to get drunk, this is a strong indication of alcoholism.
- Experiencing Withdrawal Symptoms
- Some people will confuse a hangover with withdrawal symptoms, however these are much different. Withdrawals will typically come with feelings of agitation, being tired, depressed, or feelings anxious and having the physical and mental need to drink to alleviate these symptoms. Another withdrawal symptom, which has previously been touched on, is shaky hands.
What to Do If You Can't Quit Drinking
When it becomes clear that you have lost control of your drinking, it's time for you to take charge. You need to make a commitment to starting a new life that doesn't include drinking excessively. It's not important that you label yourself an alcoholic. What is important is that you find a way to get past your urge to revolve your life around drinking before it finishes off your health, your career and your relationships.
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- Alcoholism is a chronic disease that is often progressive and is characterized by the compulsive consumption of alcoholic drinks which leads to physical and psychological dependence or addiction. With this pattern comes the inability to work or socialize, conducting destructive behavior, nerve or tissue damage to the body and severe withdrawal symptoms.