Pleasure Drinking or Problem Drinking
It is difficult to come to terms with the fact that your use of alcohol has spiralled out of control. Most people believe that alcohol is a safe substance – after all, if it was dangerous, it would not be legal, right? Unfortunately, this is as far from the truth as you can possibly get. Alcohol is a hazardous substance, particularly when abused. Moreover, because it is highly addictive, overindulgence is a common occurrence across the world. Those who are concerned that they may have a problem, will want to know what signs and symptoms to look out for. Unfortunately, most people who have a problem are convinced to the contrary, that they do not have an issue at all, despite what friends and loved ones keep telling them. They justify and use irrational logic to reassure themselves and others, that they are in full control of their drinking. They are convinced that this is the truth, a most dangerous “truth.” Ironically, the problem drinker is the first person to get aware that he or she has a problem with drinking, but unfortunately, the last one to admit it.
Do You Have a Drinking Problem?
What does alcohol addiction look like and could you have a problem? It is important to know that alcohol addiction often occurs without people realizing. You may be questioning how this could happen, but the truth is that it is easy to build up a tolerance to alcohol and to begin drinking higher quantities without even noticing. This is how most addictions start. You do not develop an addiction to alcohol overnight. In fact, for most, it occurs gradually over time, and it is only when others raise their concerns or when the individual tries to quit, that they realize something is not quite right. If your loved ones have expressed concerns about your drinking, it would be a good idea to listen to them. It is unlikely they will have done this without careful consideration. Addiction is an illness that carries a lot of stigma and your loved ones are aware of this fact. They know that if they express their concern it will make you feel embarrassed, ashamed or humiliated. They have probably thought about all these things before confronting you. Although your first reaction may be to angrily deny you have any issues with alcohol, taking a closer look at the situation might reveal some home truths. To do this, you will need the answer to the question of what does alcohol addiction look like.
Spotting the Signs of Alcoholism:
There are some common characteristics of addiction that you might have, which could give you an indication of whether you have a problem or not. For example, think about how often you drink alcohol. If you are honest with yourself, you might realise that you are drinking more often than you used to. Has your alcohol consumption increased? Consider whether you are drinking higher quantities of alcohol each time to achieve certain feelings. If so, this could be the result of an increased tolerance level in your body to alcohol and its effects. As your body adapts to the substance, it will require more for you to feel the effects that you once did from a smaller amount.
The next thing to consider is how much control you have over your drinking. If you often promise yourself that you are not going to drink but then do so anyway, it could be that you are unable to control your consumption. A lack of control might also present itself in other ways; for example, you may be unable to stop drinking once you start. Another signal to look out for is withdrawal symptoms which occur in advanced stages of alcoholism. If you experience shaking, sweating, headaches, nausea, mood swings and vomiting when the effects of alcohol wear off, it could be that you have developed a physical dependence on alcohol. You might have noticed that these symptoms go away when you have a sip or two of alcohol. If so, you should consider the fact that you do have a problem and that you need to seek professional help.
Another sign is to observe if you are drinking alone and drinking when the occasion does not demand. Maybe even making up excuses to drink. You may avoid many social, professional and personal gatherings and functions, just to have your drink even though you may not accept it and justify it as your choice or preference.
What impact does alcohol addiction have? If you have an alcohol addiction, it will almost certainly be having an impact on your daily life. You are likely to be spending a lot of time drinking or thinking about drinking. You may be doing everything you can to arrange your social life around alcohol and you could only have an automatic interest in attending social events if alcohol is going to be served. It could be the case that you are managing to function quite well, and it is this that has led you to dismiss the concerns of your loved ones up to this point. The fact that you are functioning does not mean that you cannot have an addiction. On the contrary, countless individuals are struggling with addiction but still manage to hold on to a job and keep their family together – just about managing.
What you should be aware of is that no matter how well you are doing right now, it is unlikely that you will be able to carry on like this if you continue to abuse alcohol. As your dependence worsens, the impact on you and your family will be greater. Your health will deteriorate, and you will notice many problems, both mental and physical. The longer you continue to abuse alcohol, the worse these problems are likely to get. Alcoholism is linked to serious health conditions including heart disease, cancer and mental disorders, anxiety and dementia, as well as poor health and the risk of premature death,
Alcoholism is also a major contributing factor in breakdown of relationships, divorce, unemployment, poverty, homelessness, and crime. It not only has a negative impact on the affected individual, but on others too. Family members and friends tend to suffer when someone they love is affected by alcoholism. Some will be so affected that their own behaviour changes and they become obsessed with trying to help their addicted loved one. Their lives revolve around the actions of the addict; they are classified as co-dependents. This means that they too have an addiction, only their addiction is to the addict and not to alcohol.
It's not easy fighting this dependence as it is a dependence of the same mind that is trying to fight against it.
Professional help can make things easier but you need to reach out and seek help.
Reach out and ask for help, it will definitely help you, not harm you.
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