Alcoholism is the consumption of an alcoholic beverage or liquor. It can also be the form of a mental illness which then leads to a compulsive behavior. Both behaviors can result in alcohol dependency also known as alcoholism. Per Medline Plus, roughly 18 million Americans suffer from alcohol use disorder. This is alcoholism, and the signs behind it.
Symptoms That Someone is Suffering of Alcoholism
Like stated above, many Americans suffer from Alcoholism. There are numerous ways to determine the symptoms that someone is suffering from alcohol use disorder. If you or a loved one is suffering, then you may have or are experiencing the following symptoms:
- Dizziness, blacking out, temperature changes in the body, the shakes
- Sadness, anxiety, loss of hope, feeling guilt
- Vomiting, bowel issues, nausea
- Slurring your speech, red eyes, foggy eyes, delayed reaction
- Poor hygiene, not showering, not brushing your teeth
Understanding that you or a loved one is suffering is extremely important. Acknowledging that you are suffering from alcohol use disorder is the first step in getting help. Alcoholism is treatable and anyone can beat alcoholism. However, no one can cure alcoholism as it is constantly around us with bars, restaurants, events and social gatherings.
Signs of Alcoholism
Drinking is very common among many different backgrounds, cultures and groups. It almost seems impossible to get away from it. As alcohol seems to be a way to get people to come together and cherish memories and moments, those suffering from alcohol use disorder do not see drinking the way others do. People struggling can’t have just one drink and go home and relax for the evening. Someone who is an alcoholic cannot stop and they tend to keep going while everyone else goes home to continue their lives. Here are some common signs that someone you may know is suffering from alcoholism:
- Failing to meet responsibilities with home life, work life or school life
- Continuing to use alcohol, even when you passed your limit
- Drinking too much that its suffering your relationships; family, friends, significant other, colleagues
- Coping with your pain or sadness through drinking
- Not being able to go without having a drink in a day
- Staying in bed or not leaving your home
Not Everyone Suffers from Alcoholism
It’s important to know that not everyone who drinks alcohol becomes an alcoholic or abuses alcohol. However, if someone resembles the signs above, then it may be important to sit down and have a serious talk with them about what path they see themselves going down. Set goals and expectations, and failure to meet them should resort to another plan. Getting treatment for your alcohol use disorder is very common and many people seek professional help. Allowing yourself to get to the root of the underlying issue as to why you drink is very crucial. It will allow yourself to move on with a clearer mind and stronger foundation.
By: Jennifer T.