If you believe that there is someone you know and loves suffering from alcohol abuse than you are certainly going to want to look for the symptoms of alcoholism that they may be presenting. This will clearly help you establish whether or not they are dealing with an addiction to alcohol, and you will be able to identify whether or not their drinking habits are truly becoming out of control.
If you can manage to help them before their disease spirals beyond recognition then you’ll be doing them a huge favor and possibly even in saving their life. So please make it a point to understand these signs and if you spot them within your loved one or loved ones, you should make a strong effort to help them as much as possible.
You cannot force anybody to change, and if you try you will probably push them further away from you. So just tell them that you love them and that you are there for them and hopefully they will believe you and accept the help that you are willing to offer them.
Let’s now take a look at some of the alcoholism symptoms and signs that you need to be on the lookout for if you are going to successfully pinpoint whether or not someone you know is suffering from this disease. So let’s take a quick look at all of them now.
The first thing you want to look for as one of the symptoms is the amount of drinking a person does each day and the patterns of their drinking. Not every alcoholic actually drinks every day, although the most severe cases have no choice but to drink every day because their bodies will experience severe withdrawal symptoms if they do not. But pay close attention to the person’s habits.
Do they have to consume alcohol daily? Do you consider them more of a weekend warrior who only drinks once the work week is done? Are there certain triggers that might set off their drinking like getting into an argument or maybe having a rough day at work? Look at all of these different questions and see if there are any signs that would constitute a regular drinking pattern.
The second thing on our list is the excuses that people make to justify their drinking. Do you often hear the potential alcoholic coming up with the same old reasons as to why they need to drink all the time or at their specific times? Do they have a difficult time drinking socially where they could only have one drink and then easily walk away without having another?
Do they often use the excuse of having a rough day at work for a reason to justify why they need to have a drink and unwind at the end of the day? I’m sure there are other excuses that I’m not thinking of, so look for excuses that are regularly being made and if the person you’re looking at is following a particular pattern, as then it’s a strong possibility that they are dealing with alcoholism and they might not even know it.
The third thing on our list of alcoholism symptoms is basically a character trait. Alcoholics tend to blame their problems and struggles on all of the other people around them. So the person you know who drinks might also be the kind of person that likes to blame their boss for being so miserable, or they might even blame you for driving them to drink because you supposedly create all these problems in their life. Or they may even blame money for all their struggles and use it as an excuse to continuously drink. But this is a regular trait in the alcoholic so you need to look for this as well when you make your unofficial diagnosis.
The final item on our list of is personal responsibility. Does this person often ignore their loved ones and the issues that these people are facing? Are they starting to slip in their responsibilities toward their families and did they stop doing some of the everyday tasks that they used to regularly do? Are the household bills and other upkeep items being tended to?
If a person’s regular tasks are no longer being attended to then there is also a strong possibility that the addiction is rearing its ugly head. I know it can be painful for those watching a loved one struggling with a drinking problem. So use these symptoms of alcoholism to measure the person who you feel may have an issue with drinking and see if you can get them some of the help that they need.