10 Common Signs That You Have A Drinking Problem
It’s not unusual to kick-off after work and have a few beers with friends. But when it starts interfering with your regular lifestyle, affecting your behaviour or making decisions for you, you know something is wrong.
Most people with an addiction tend to be in denial about their habits. If you notice any of these signs, then it’s time to back-track and seek professional help.
Drinking To Feel Better
Most people who struggle with a drinking problem abuse alcohol for emotional reasons. Whether it’s stress, despair or anxiety, turning to alcohol as a source of relief is a bad habit. The “comfort” it provides is fleeting and will only make things worse in the long term.
You Look Forward To Drinking
Do you look towards your next free period to cope a guzzle? Is the highlight of your day when you are burying your lips in a glass of liquor or swigging from a bottle? These are bad signs and it reeks of alcoholism.
Lying Or Hiding About Your Drinking
This is common with denial. It probably means people have spotted this problem and you are trying to dodge the reality. If your alcohol consumption has you lying, sneaking drinks in unusual places or at odd hours of the day, then you have a problem.
Excessive drinking can cause fugue states in your memory. It is a huge problem if you often wake up in strange places without recollection of the last few hours or how you got there. If a family member or close friend experiences this then they are in need of help.
Neglecting Your Responsibilities
Addiction to alcohol can cause impaired judgement and demotivation to commit to responsibilities. Work functions, school papers and family obligations will naturally suffer when drinking becomes a top position in your life. Where there’s a lack of concentration, it is almost impossible to be productive.
Having Relationship Trouble
Like responsibilities, relationships are bound to bear the brunt. It requires commitment and trust to maintain a relationship, but alcohol addiction has the tendency to affect these qualities. It often leads to lies and distrust between partners.
You Aren’t Comfortable In Social Situations Where There’s No Alcohol
If you are that person who whines about the lack of alcohol at social gatherings, especially at a three-year old’s birthday, you should check yourself.
You Drink Alone
There’s nothing wrong with occasionally having a few solo beers, but when you are doing it continuously and for the wrong reasons, you need to stop. Drinking alone has the tendency to make a person go on without stopping.
You Drive After Drinking
This is usually the fall-out of drinking alone. You should be nowhere near a car if you have been drinking. Drunk driving puts you and another person at risk. Avoid it.
Withdrawal is not the same thing as a hangover. It is the discomfort experienced from lack of alcohol. This means your brain has been conditioned to recognise alcohol as “relief”, and its absence triggers physical and psychological discomfort. When you notice this, it is a problem and you should seek professional help immediately.