The phrase alcohol abuse is used for defining a person who becomes excessively dependent on alcohol. Read the article below to know the signs & symptoms of alcohol abuse.

Alcohol Abuse Symptoms

Every occasion demands a drink so much so that it has now become a part and parcel of our culture. The popularity of alcohol has become so much that many people don’t realize crossing the line from being a social drinker to a full-fledged alcoholic. Earlier, friends and family members of the alcoholic would easily identify the symptoms of a person turning alcoholic and nip it in the bud. But, now because of such a high use of alcohol, people find it hard to identify the symptoms. Thus, the alcoholic remains trapped with the drink, while his/her family members and well wishers wonder what’s wrong with the person, who is becoming a recluse day by day. To compound matters, in most cases, the person suffering from alcohol abuse makes sure that all the drinking that he/she does is on the sly. This is just to preserve the image and reputation in public. This is why many people don’t know that they have an alcoholic in the family, until the condition becomes too severe. It is very necessary to identify the symptoms of alcohol abuse, so that it can be dealt with, to prevent the person from slipping into an abyss. Read more on how you can identify the symptoms of alcohol abuse.
Signs & Symptoms Of Alcohol Abuse
  • Alcoholic people, in reality, tend to show that they are in control of their drink. To prove this, they drink more than their friends. This happens in every occasion as they consider it boring to drink less and slow.
  • Alcoholics always hide how much they drink, as they are afraid to be branded ‘alcoholics’. This they do in many ways. In any party or social function, they will consume their drink fast; when they feel that no one is observing them. This would give them a chance to refill their glass. So, when everybody thinks that the person is on his first drink, he/she is, in reality, on his third drink. Alcoholics may also hide alcohol around the house.
  • No matter how much they try, they cannot control how much they drink. A person with alcohol abuse may decide to have only one or two drinks, but usually would end up getting drunk. The person would find it tough to stick to just a glass or two on fairly all occasions.
  • There is always the tendency to lie about how much they drink even at the risk of confrontation. No matter how much they drink they will always deny that they have been drinking, even if they know that the other person knows that he or she is lying.
  • Those suffering from alcohol abuse become helpless without the drink. The situation can be so bad that they cannot function properly without taking a swig. So, in order to work properly, they drink.
  • Another major sign which denotes a person to be an alcoholic is his inability to say no. An alcoholic will face an enormous task refusing to drink when offered, even if it is not his preferred drinking time.
  • The best signs of alcohol abuse are, of course, the withdrawal symptoms. If the person doesn’t get a drink, then he will experience classic symptoms like tremors and excessive sweating. These symptoms become more severe as the person’s dependency on alcohol increases.
  • The drinking bout is always followed by a feeling of anxiousness and guilt. The person always feels guilty about the drinking, but is helpless as he just cannot control the cravings. The anxiety and guilt increases the body tremors and these, in turn, make the person more anxious and guilty. In time, it can escalate to panic attacks.
  • Since due to alcohol abuse the person feels anxiety and guilty, in order to alleviate such feelings he takes a little drink. When the effect of the drink wears off, he has another drink and in the process become quite drunk again. This is a vicious circle that those who suffer from alcohol abuse face.

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