by Kevin Caruso
There are four major symptoms of alcoholism, which I will list first.
Then below the four major symptoms I will list numerous other symptoms which may exist.
If you have these symptoms, you need to get help IMMEDIATELY by calling:
And if you know someone who has these symptoms you need to get help for him or her immediately.
The Four Major Symptoms of Alcoholism
- Strong craving for alcohol – not just a desire to have a drink or two, but an overwhelming compulsion to drink.
- Loss of control – not being able to stop after one or two drinks. The inability to say “I’ve had enough” and stop.
- Physical dependence – experiencing withdrawal symptoms when one does not respond to the compulsion to drink. Withdrawal symptoms can include sweating, shakiness, nausea, and anxiety.
- Tolerance – building up a “tolerance” overtime, so a greater amount of alcohol will is consumed to “get high” each time a new tolerance level is established.
If think that you might be an alcoholic, you need to get help immediately.
Please call 1-800-ALCOHOL
Additional symptoms of alcoholism
- Denial that a drinking probem exists.
- Believing that you can stop drinking “if you wanted to.”
- Inablility to remember events while drinking.
- Drinking negatively affecting your life in ANY way.
- Legal problems because of drinking.
- Driving drunk.
- Being out in public while intoxicated.
- Verbally abusing others.
- Physically abusing others.
- Domestic violence.
- Lying to cover up your drinking problem.
- Drinking in private, so no one will know that you are consuming alcohol.
- Gulping drinks.
- Chronic hangovers.
- Losing friends.
- Marriage problems.
- Losing a job.
- Exhibiting anti-social behavior.
- Belligerant when intoxicated.
- Hiding alcohol from others.
- Need to drink in the morning.
- Bad dreams.
- Significant weight loss or weight gain.
- Feeling that your life is “out of control.”
- Believing that you cannot be “addicted” to alcohol.
- Believing that drinking alcohol is okay because it is legal.
- Ensuring that there is always plenty of alcohol on hand.
- Drinking in response to stress.
- Feeling guilty about your drinking.
- Reacting with anger when someone asks you about your drinking.
- Health problems.
If you have some of these symptoms, you need to get help IMMEDIATELY by calling:
And if you know someone who has some of these symptoms you need to get help for him or her immediately.
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