As we all know in the UK, our binge drinking culture is real and widespread. This can hide the extent of an individual’s addiction and pain, clouding it behind social expectations and norms. The sheer scale of data available to psychologists and scientists on the subject, though, has made several signs of alcoholism apparent.
How, then, do we know if we are an alcoholic or if a loved one is suffering? Although it can be difficult to spot and recognise this form of addiction, there are signs you may be able to see in yourself or those closest to you.
A lack of interest in things you used to enjoy
An increased alcohol tolerance
Tiredness or irritability
The inability to say no to alcohol
Anxiety, depression or other mental health issues
Becoming secretive or dishonest
Other symptoms of alcohol addiction include:
These are the most common symptoms of alcohol addiction but they are by no means the only ones. It is also important to remember that you do not need to have all these symptoms to be an addict. Any of the symptoms listed could indicate you have a problem.
Alcoholism usually causes individuals to abuse alcohol in situations where it is dangerous to do so. This is sometimes tied to work; drinking in places where you are required to operate heavy or dangerous machinery, for instance. For many, it leads to the simple but dangerous act of driving drunk for any reason – particularly with regularity and knowledge of the dangers involved.
If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol addiction, Help Me Stop can help. Call or email us today to speak with one of our expert therapists. They can help you understand your options and treatments.
If you’re unsure about whether you are suffering from alcoholism or not, please choose the sensible option and seek a professional’s guidance. If you are found to be suffering from the disease, you will be able to consider your path to recovery. If not, you will be able to find valuable information on the issue that may help you frame and reduce your binge drinking behaviour.
It’s estimated that over a billion people worldwide drink problematically. Perhaps more surprising than this figure is the number of those who seek help: just around one in six.
We are here and we want to help you. Please get in touch with the Help Me Stop team right away for support, guidance and information.