Have you realized that you drink more than your friends and family members? Are you wondering if your drinking has become more of a problem than the occasional hangover? Over 14 million adults in the U.S. have an alcohol use disorder, and you might be one of them.
What are the signs you might be an alcoholic?
If you’re already asking this question, you’re on the right track. The first step is recognizing that you have a problem. We want to help you catch any early signs of alcoholism and set you back on track.
Keep reading for common signs of alcohol abuse so you can start your path to recovery.
1. You Can’t Have a “Normal” Night Out
The average person, even if they binge drink on occasion, can have a night out without getting drunk. They may have a drink or two to loosen up or socialize, but they’re able to stop after that.
Are you able to start drinking once you stop, or do you take a simple night out and turn it into an all-night drinking escapade?
Have you promised to be the designated driver and then realized that you’ve had too many drinks to even consider it?
You might have a drinking problem.
2. You Need More to “Feel It”
Developing a tolerance is normal as we get older, but when that tolerance has increased so much that you don’t feel anything after a drink or two and you need to keep drinking to get a buzz, you’re drinking too much.
Your body shouldn’t learn how to tolerate alcohol that well. Your brain might feel like you’re not getting enough, but your liver will still feel the consequences.
3. Drinking Interferes With Responsibilities
How is work or school going? Have your nights out (or drunken nights in) caused you to routinely show up hungover, or not show up at all? Worse, have you been drinking at work or at school?
Alcohol should never interrupt our responsibilities. Drinking comes after the work is done.
4. Drinking Is Your Only “Fun” Activity
What about your leisure activities? What kinds of things did you like to do in the past, and are you still doing them?
If you’ve found yourself ignoring your favorite hobbies in favor of a trip to the bar, you’re doing yourself a disservice. This is also true if you’ve realized that you’re not spending time with your friends anymore if they’re not also at the bars every night.
5. You’re Uncomfortable When The Alcohol Wears Off
How do you feel when you’re no longer drunk? We don’t mean the hangover, but the feeling when you’re bright and sober?
If you start getting mentally or physically uncomfortable, you might have alcohol dependence. Many people use alcohol to self-medicate, and they’re uncomfortable with their sober thoughts. This is a kind of dependence.
Others have physical signs of discomfort. These are warning signs of withdrawal, and a sure sign that you need to stop drinking now. You might even need to do a full detox.
Do These Signs You Might Be an Alcoholic Sound Familiar?
If you recognize these signs you might be an alcoholic, it’s time to seek professional help. You’re taking the right first steps already.
We want to help you on your path to recovery. We offer several different programs utilizing tried and tested modalities to help you overcome your alcohol addiction. If you need a Florida rehab center, learn about our services, and contact us so we can find the right solution for you.