Symptoms of alcoholism vary from individual to individual, however most of the common symptoms are apparent in every alcoholic. They include the following:
Drinking to excess. People suffering from alcoholism drink far more than socially accepted norms or recommended daily intake amounts. It may not initially be recognizable because they will naturally gravitate toward people and situations where others are doing the same, so it is not as apparent. It is also important to note that when recommended alcohol consumption amounts suggest something like two drinks per day for an average of fourteen per week, it is irregular behavior and poses health risks to wait until the weekend and drink fourteen drinks in one night
- Drinking more or for longer than planned
- Trying to cut back or promising yourself that you would and having failed attempts to do so
- Late, absent or unproductive at work or at school
- Damaged relationships or avoiding friends and family
- Forgetting portions of the night before
- Passing out
- Drinking to the point of throwing up
- Making dangerous or unhealthy choices
- Lying about the amount you have consumed
- Making excuses about why you are drinking or drinking so much
- Having been confronted about your drinking by family or friends
- Regretting some of your behaviors or things you have said while drinking
- Thinking about drinking or planning when you are going to go to the bar, liquor store or party
- Feeling depressed or anxious after drinking
- Having alcohol withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, shakiness, restlessness, racing heart, sweats
- Severe hangovers
- Keeping secrets about your whereabouts, spending or other behaviors
These symptoms of alcoholism are indicators of a problem that will worsen over time and have significant effects on relationships, employment and physical health. In addition, because alcohol is a depressant, emotional consequences can include, loss of sense of hope, feelings of loneliness and despair and lack of interest in activities which used to give pleasure.
If you are experiencing some of these symptoms, our Substance Abuse Program can help.
If someone you know is showing these symptoms, you can get help for yourself by taking our Family and Friends Program.