Some signs of alcoholism have much in common with other types of obsessive, compulsive behavior. A sign of alcoholism is that the alcoholic has a preoccupation with alcohol. In his need to maintain control over negative feelings, by using alcohol, the alcoholic will always ensure that he has access to supply of alcohol, that is appropriate to his need. Research has shown that an alcoholic achieves considerable relaxation, reduction of innate tension immediately upon securing alcohol supply, well before he opens the alcohol container, or consumes the alcohol drink.
A sign of alcoholism is having intense anxiety about alcohol availability and supply.
The life of the alcoholic becomes centered around the consumption of alcohol. People under an alcohol prohibition, who suffer from alcoholism, have been known to become both devious and cunning in order to ensure supply. People who co-operate with an alcoholic to ensure that alcohol is available are called alcoholic enablers. Enablers generally have emotional issues of their own that cause them to act in this way.
People who are in close relationship, with an alcoholic, who continue to promote alcohol abuse by the alcoholic have what is called a co-dependent relationship with the alcoholic. Continued alcohol use and abuse is essential to the maintenance of what is effectively, a completely dysfunctional relationship as between the alcoholic and their partner. Such relationships can become very close – each partner compulsively needing the other for emotional support. Such relationships can continue, with both parties in denial that alcohol addiction and related abuse is a relevant issue in their lives.
Enablers and co-dependents of an alcoholic will often cover for and hide alcoholism signs so that the alcoholic can have time off work, miss social obligations due to alcohol abuse. The dysfunctional relationship between them can continue so as to prevent any form of outside interference or intervention.
Alcoholism signs can include drinking more than you intended to, and alcohol abuse symptoms will include hangover effects – headaches, upset stomach, nausea, acute gastritis, vomiting, sweating, muscular weakness or trembling. Alcohol abuse can lead to taking time off work, not doing activities that are normally pleasurable, social withdrawal, and not attending to domestic or personal hygiene.
It can be a sign that a person has become alcoholic if they are drinking frequently and also appear depressed. However, one of the reasons why people tend to drink to excess is that they feel under pressure, and are feeling depressed. It is always a mistake to try and modify feelings and emotions by use of chemical substances. Substance abuse is not limited to excessive alcohol drinking, but can include abuse of illicit drugs and medications.
People frequently put their health at risk, if not their life, by taking alcohol in combination with other drugs such as marijuana, or sleeping pills, that can intensify depression and endanger life.
Signs that alcohol use has become excessive can include binge drinking, loss of memory and confusion after drinking alcohol, drinking until there is no more alcohol available to drink, and still feeling dissatisfied.
Alcoholism signs can be that you have drunk so much alcohol at a session that you cannot remember what you did when under the influence of alcohol drinking, that is known as “black outs” or thinking that you can drive a vehicle safely when you know that the amount of alcohol that you have consumed puts you well over legal driving limits. It is time to get help for alcohol drinking if you drink to the point of becoming unconscious, when your level of alcohol drinking means that other people have to take responsibility for your welfare.
A pervasive sign of alcoholism is denial about the amount of alcohol that you drink, on any particular occasion or frequency during the week. Having an ability to abstain from alcohol drinking, when faced with conflicting pressures, such as the demands of caring for children, or the demands of a job does not mean that you do not suffer from alcoholism. It is time to get help for alcoholism if we have children in our care and neglect them by reason of our habitual drinking.
Alcoholism will be entrenched on any occasion when you have an alcoholic drink against your better judgement, make excuses for too much alcohol drinking. Alcoholism, as a response to negative emotional feelings occurs when we use alcohol to get relief from stress and tension, and don’t feel a need to otherwise do anything about our problems.
Habitual abuse of alcohol is a warning that something in our life is amiss, it is a symptom of a problem. Alcohol drinking will not resolve until we attend to the problems we have that lead to our problem drinking.
People who feel worried about their level of drinking, who feel sick and physically ill because of their alcohol drinking can get help from alcohol helplines that can help them get back to sobriety. Cutting the ties with alcohol is not easy to do in our society – alcohol use is easy and alcohol is readily available.
People with alcohol problems will need a lot of emotional support to help them to recover. When you are ready to give up drinking, can see the signs of alcoholism, but don’t know where to start - choose a fully supportive, comprehensive alcohol treatment program – to enhance your chances of regaining full health and getting back control of your life.