Noticing the Signs of Alcoholism

Noticing the Signs of Alcoholism click to listen

When changes in behavior are noticed, that’s when most people look for signs that a family member or friend may be fighting with alcoholism. Behavioral changes are the outer encasement of all the various indicators that someone may be drinking too much. Symptoms may vary from person-to-person, but for the most part, some of the ones we will be looking for will be present in their lives.

There are several key indicators that will reveal if a person has become addicted to any substance- not just to alcohol. Let’s look inside and recognize what the subtle changes are that will point us to the evidence that someone is in fact struggling with drinking too much.

Consumption
We will generally see a slow progression of them drinking more in order for them to reach a level of intoxication. Their “tolerance” level has changed. When they used to only have one or two drinks during an occasion, now they have four or five.

Desire
Many of the activities that someone on the brink of alcoholism will participate in will revolve around drinking alcohol. This may be watching a football game at a bar instead of at home or going dancing in a night club instead of at the dance studio where they used to go all of the time.

Intense mood swings
These behavioral changes seem to be centered around them keeping the people around them either angry or anxious. The phrase used in support group meetings is “feeling like we are ‘walking on eggshells’ ” when we are around them.

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Undependable
They will most definitely be missing more appointments and activities that are on the schedule of their daily lives. If they are supposed to be some place at eight o’clock sharp, they will inevitably be late or not make an appearance at all.

Lying
This is one of the biggest characteristics of an alcohol and drug abuser. One of the things we see is that they will tell us the things they think we want to hear and then do the complete opposite.

There is a continuation of signs and symptoms further below.

When people become addicted to (or dependent upon) alcohol, it has taken on a life of it’s own. An addiction extends past recreational use of a substance, although most alcoholics started out that way.

The list above tells the story. When a person has become dependent on a substance, they drink more and more often. For the most part, this occurs because they need more to get high. There are various stages of alcoholism, but they all revolve around an increase in substance abuse.

Another reason the person’s drinking habits have changed is because the cravings have become incredibly intense. The fact of the matter is, it becomes difficult for them to distinguish between the desire to consume alcohol and the need for it. This is one of the very subtle signs of alcoholism.

If you could hear the thoughts of an addict for an hour, you would better understand that subconsciously all they can think about is where they will get the next infusion of alcohol from. Brain researchers have medically declared that substance abusers have a “thinking disorder” that is directly related to their inherent genes.

Here are some additional alcoholism signs:

  • Employment problems or work performance declines
  • An aroma of alcohol will be present on their clothing and through the pores of their body
  • There will be an increase in accidents related to driving or on the physical body
  • Sleeping a lot
  • The need to borrow money from others
  • A decline in energy levels and motivation
  • Very little interest in activities or friends that used to be important to them
  • Trouble with law enforcement
  • Laughing or giggling inappropriately
  • Increased defensive behavior
  • Aggressive or abusive actions towards others
  • Becoming more reclusive than normal
  • An increase in conversing with others or talking a lot
  • Poor concentration
  • Changes in normal routines
  • Lose of interest in spending time with family

If you are noticing signs or symptoms like these, please get help for yourself -as well getting more educated about what you are dealing with. One of the biggest challenges you are faced with is not becoming totally obsessed with their behaviors. Living with an alcoholic can literally steal all of your/our happiness if any of us in this situation allow the disease of alcoholism to do so. We must not allow this problem to rule our lives.

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