Alcohol is a legal substance which many Americans use on a regular basis. How do you know if someone is “addicted” to alcohol? Here are some signs of alcohol addiction:
- Tolerance. This means that over time you need to drink more and more alcohol to get the same effect. For example, if you used to get a “buzz” off 2 beers but now you need 5 beers to get the same feeling, you likely have tolerance. This happens because your body gets used to having the alcohol on a regular basis.
- Withdrawal symptoms. On days where you don’t drink, you experience symptoms of withdrawal. These can include: anxiety, restlessness, shakiness, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, rapid heart rate, tremors, disorientation, headache, insomnia, seizure. Symptoms can start anywhere from a few hours to a few days after your last alcoholic drink.
- Inability to moderate use. This is when you try to drink in moderation but cannot. For example you tell yourself “I am only going to have one glass of wine” but then find that you had the entire bottle.
- Concealing or hiding your drinking.
- Difficulty quitting or making a change. This is when you try to cut back on the amount of alcohol you drink or the number of days you drink alcohol but you find that you cannot cut back.
If you or a loved one suffers from these signs of alcohol addiction, it may be time to ask for help. Please see the other information on our website or call us for a consultation 919-636-5240.
Live Mentally Healthy,
Dr. Jennie Byrne