Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the United States. It’s estimated that roughly 17.6 million americans (1 in 12 adults) suffer from alcohol abuse and dependence. Alcoholism is the condition/disease that is diagnosed when someone has an extremely unhealthy relationship with alcohol. Alcoholism is also referred to as Alcohol Use Disorder.
Alcoholism is generally characterized by a loss of control over drinking habits. Knowing some common signs of alcoholism can help you take control of the condition before it gets worse and begins to have irreversible effects on your career, finances, relationships and physical and psychological health.
Some common signs of alcoholism include:
Dependence: When you feel like you cannot function or live without drinking alcohol. You’ll often start off by having a drink right after waking up in the morning to make you feel normal and ready to face the world. You avoid social events where alcohol isn’t served or permitted. You need to drink before going to events whether alcohol is being served or not.
Increased Tolerance: When you need to drink more and more alcohol to feel the same good effects that you once when you drink less. You may also find the need to keep drinking in order to maintain your buzz or drunkenness because it doesn’t last as long as it used to
Cravings: You have cravings for alcohol when you’re not drinking. You have a strong desire/obsession to drink alcohol almost all of the time
Spending a substantial amount of your money on alcohol
One of the clearest symptoms of alcoholism is the onset of physical withdrawal symptoms when not drinking
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