Alcohol is a large part of our culture. It’s common at social gatherings like after work happy hours, late night meet ups with friends, or during your favorite sports game. Everywhere we go, there is alcohol. Drinking itself is not illegal or a problem. But with repeated exposure, sometimes an unbalance can occur and an individual can tip to the side of alcohol addiction. But this can be a fine line, so what are the signs of alcoholism to tell if you or someone you know is addicted to alcohol?
You Drink to Relieve Boredom or Loneliness
Another one of the warning signs of alcohol abuse is the inability to deal with loneliness and boredom. If drinking is your default activity, you need to be address your drinking patterns.
You Drink Alone
Drinking is typically a social activity. Do you no longer care if you drink with anyone else? If you start to drink alone on a regular basis, it’s time to start re-assessing your drinking habit.
You Drink to Relieve Stress
If your first reaction to a stressful day or event is to reach for your favorite alcoholic drink, you should be careful. Not being able to handle stress without turning towards alcohol is one of the warning signs of an alcoholic.
You Look Forward to Drinking
Alcoholics typically look forward towards drinking. They can’t wait to get out of their current activity so you they can go get a drink.
Do you Plan Your Day Around Alcohol?
One of the signs of alcoholism is when you plan your day around alcohol related activities. Can you not schedule a work meeting if it interferes with happy hour? Do you have to leave events because the liquor store on your way home will close before you get home?
You Drink to Maintain a Buzz
Alcoholics need a buzz. If they’re not in a state of being buzzed, they feel out of sorts and must go find a drink. If you feel like this, it’s a big red flag.
Your Work Productivity Suffers
Alcoholics often feel that booze takes over their life, work becomes secondary. They no longer care if their work is top notch. If you’re feeling like this, it’s a huge indicator that you have a drinking problem.
You Are Uncomfortable In Social Situations With No Drinking?
Drinking can help with your social confidence, which is a reason why many people drink. The increased ability to talk to strangers and flirt with the opposite sex is alluring to many alcoholics. But if you can’t function socially without alcohol, you should take caution.
Do You Hide Alcohol at Parties to Make Sure You Have Enough?
It takes alcoholics more drinks to get drunk than most people. Have you ever gone to a party and worried that there might not be enough alcohol? So you bring more of your own and hide it so you know no one else will get it? This is definitely a sign that you need to seek help.
You Drive After Drinking
There are individuals who think they are a “good drunk driver.” Alcoholics who drink a lot believe that they can handle alcohol better than most and are able to drive a motor vehicle after too many drinks. This is not the case. Not only are you endangering your life, but others as well. If you are drinking and driving, stop and seek help.
If you or someone you know has said “yes” to any of these “10 signs you might be addicted to alcohol,” you should take a step back, be honest with yourself, and considering getting help. Alcohol addiction doesn’t have to control your life.