It’s sometimes difficult to tell whether someone has a drinking problem or whether they’re simply a social drinker who occasionally over-indulges. However, there are some questions you can ask yourself to determine whether or not a person has a drinking problem.
However, you can be pretty sure that alcoholism is involved if the person engages in any unhealthy patterns related to drinking. Patterns can be psychological (i.e. saying they’re quitting drinking and then beating themselves up if they drink) or physical (continuing to drink to resolve illness resulting from drinking).
Experts generally agree that people with an alcohol problem often display two or more of the following behaviours:
Even at the lower level, treatment should be sought as studies indicate that substance use disorders are progressive and the chances of getting worse are extremely high - there are huge advantages in getting treatment at the mild to moderate stages when the condition is less advanced.