Alcohol abuse is the unhealthy physical and psychological dependence on alcohol that results in continued and excessive consumption of alcohol. It is a serious condition with up to 3 million cases in the US per year, so it is crucial to be able to identify the symptoms of alcohol abuse in yourself in order to seek treatment.
1. Beginning each day with a drink
Starting each day with a drink is a pretty obvious sign that you could be suffering from alcohol abuse. Feeling the physical and psychological need to kickstart your day with a drink of some kind or you won’t feel complete definitely shows an unhealthy dependence on alcohol. This is one of the key symptoms of alcohol abuse.
2. Binge drinking
Drinking until you black out or pass out each time you touch alcohol? The inability to restrict or control the intake of how much you’re having to drink is also a sign of alcohol abuse. If you find yourself unable to stop drinking once you start, it might be time to take a step back and consider if you are suffering from alcoholism.
3. Inclined to drinking
If you feel like you can not get through the day without drinking, it is a significant symptom of an unhealthy dependence on alcohol. If the compulsive need cannot be suppressed or combated, contact healthcare professionals to be checked out.
4. Trapped in a vicious cycle
If you are trapped in the vicious guilt cycle of attempting to resist drinking, fail to resist, and then feeling guilty for drinking, it is a sign that you have developed a negative and detrimental relationship with alcohol.
5. Physical symptoms of alcohol abuse
Physical symptoms of alcohol abuse include sweating, nausea, light-headedness, fatigue, and most importantly craving. If you suffer from multiple of these symptoms when you try to cut alcohol out, you may be experiencing withdrawal symptoms, in which case you should seek help.
If you can identify with more than one of these symptoms, please contact a healthcare professional about your possible alcohol abuse. This condition is one that is easily self-diagnosed so the risk of this can be easily observed and monitored.
Let us know if you’ve had experience with these symptoms of alcohol abuse in the comments below.
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