Being objective when it comes to assessing your own health is challenging, but it can be especially difficult when trying to determine if you have a drinking addiction. Denial is a force to be reckoned with, but you can’t let it stop you from seeking help if it’s essential to your health. There are ways to recognize if you have a drinking addiction, and below is a list of warning signs for your consideration.
If You Can’t Stop Drinking After You Start
Having a beer or a glass of wine is one thing, but it’s something else entirely to finish an entire bottle or a six pack in one go. If you have trouble stopping until there’s nothing left to drink, you may not be in full control of your drinking habits due to a dependency on alcohol— which is a very strong sign of a drinking addiction.
If You Have an Insanely High Tolerance for Alcohol
It isn’t unusual for some people to have a higher tolerance for alcohol than others. However, having an extremely high tolerance for alcohol is another red flag. If you are able to consume a considerable amount of alcohol without getting drunk, this usually means that your body has adapted to it. If you are exposed to alcohol regularly enough that your body builds a strong tolerance to it, it could mean you have a drinking addiction.
If You Drink to Feel “Normal”
Studies have shown that a large portion of people who struggle with addiction first turn to substance abuse for emotional reasons. Stress, anxiety, depression and other emotionally driven mental health issues can motive substance abuse. If you have a drinking addiction, you are likely using alcohol as a crutch to gain a temporary sense of “relief” from everyday pressures.
If You Hide or Lie About Your Drinking
You might have a drinking addiction is you are inclined to drink in secret or lie to your loved ones about how much or how often you drink. This deception makes it hard for others to recognize the problem, which is why it’s an important sign to acknowledge in yourself.
If You Put Yourself in Danger For a Drink
Drinking before driving, before or at work, or against your doctor’s advisement (especially when you’re on medication) is undoubtedly a sign of a drinking addiction. Even worse, the willingness to take those kinds of risks shows that alcohol has become a priority in your day-to-day life.
If You Have Ever Gone Through Withdrawal
Although the symptoms might feel similar, there is a major distinction between a hangover and withdrawal. A hangover is your body’s way of telling you that you’ve consumed more alcohol than it can handle, whereas withdrawal is your body’s reaction to not having enough. Common withdrawal symptoms that you don’t experience in a hangover include paranoia, heightened anxiety, uncontrollable nausea, tremors, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure and even fever. If you have experienced any of these symptoms when abstaining from alcohol, you may have a drinking addiction.
If You Have Ever Tried to Quit Without Success
You may already know that you have a drinking problem, but if you have already tried to make a positive change without success, it might be time to seek professional help. Making the decision to quit drinking shows that you understand the severity of your situation, but if you haven’t been able to stop, it probably means that your drinking problem is more than a problem— it’s an addiction.
If You Think You Have a Drinking Addiction
Now, if you’ve experienced just one or two of the examples listed above, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you definitely have a drinking addiction. However, if you are currently experiencing more than a few of these issues, then there is a very strong possibility your drinking is no longer under control. If you or someone you know is struggling with a drinking addiction and would like to inquire about our addiction therapy program, please call All About Recovery at 888-712-8480. The road to recovery is hardly ever an easy one, but making the decision to get help is the first step to changing your life and your health for the better.