Alcoholism – the most serious form of problem drinking with a strong, uncontrollable, desire to drink
Sufferers of alcoholism often place drinking above other obligations, including work and family, and may build up physical tolerance, experience withdrawal symptoms if they stop 🔞signs of Alcoholism
It can be tricky to spot signs of alcoholism as alcoholics can be secretive & can become angry if questioned but :
Appear intoxicated more regularly
Need to drink more
Tired or irritable
Inability to say no to alcohol
Becoming secretive or dishonest
someone close to you may show any of the signs above or more including:
A lack of interest in previously enjoyed activities.
An inability to say no to alcohol
Anxiety, depression or other mental health problems
A doctor will diagnose alcoholism when > 3 of the following have been present together in the past year
overwhelming desire to drink
inability to stop or control harmful drinking
Withdrawal symptoms when stopping drinking
Evidence of alcohol tolerance
⛔consumption of alcohol as alternative pleasures
⛔Continuing to drink despite clear evidence of harmful consequences
If someone close to you is displaying signs of alcohol addiction, it can be difficult to know what to do.
You might be worried about them, frustrated that they don’t seem to want help.These feelings are normal and there is help, both for alcoholics and those caring for them.
Talk honestly with your loved one about their drinking, and try to persuade them to see a doctor. It can be very difficult for alcoholics to admit they have a problem but being supportive, open and non-judgemental can make them feel safe.