Identify Alcohol Abuse Symtoms Access Alcohol Abuse Information
Signs of Alcohol AbuseHaving information on alcohol abuse is essential when it comes to differentiating between alcohol abuse and alcoholism
Before discussing how to recognize alcohol abuse symptoms in yourself and others, it is necessary to distinguish between alcohol abuse and alcoholism.
It's simple really. Although both alcoholism and alcohol abuse are harmful to an individual's health, alcoholism is a dependence on drink, a physical and a mental addiction.
When an alcoholic, as opposed to someone 'merely abusing alcohol, stops drinking they need to be medically supervised as alcohol withdrawals can be fatal if not monitored.
Someone who is abusing alcohol, on the other hand, and is not an alcoholic will find the alcohol withdrawal procedure less uncomfortable, however, it is highly advisable that they also seek medial assistance prior to stopping drinking.
Alcoholism is a serious condition, a disease in fact.
Are you concerned about the drinking of a family member? Would you like to learn how to help your loved one stop drinking? If so, visit our Living With An Alcoholic guide.
Otherwise you will have to look for the common physical signs of alcohol abuse such as:
Smelling of alcohol.
Going out regularly and coming back late.
Regularly helping themselves to alcoholic drinks in the house.
Being more emotional (tears, laughter etc.)
Being louder than usual.
Complaining of headaches, dry mouth, stomach aches in the mornings
Waking up frequently at night to urinate and/or drink water
These are all quite vague alcohol abuse signs and may vary from individual to individual.
However, if you see a pattern emerging of these alcohol abuse signs then it is relatively easy to discover if someone is abusing alcohol.
Follow your instincts.
Invariably they are right.
Signs of Alcohol Abuse What Can You Do?
Continuing to abuse alcohol will only have one outcome...alcoholism. It is much better (and easier) to deal with the issue before it becomes something much bigger.
If you yourself are abusing alcohol and want to stop then you have a relatively straightforward decision to make.
Cut down or stop drinking entirely , but remember, only if YOU want to. It won't work if you do it to please someone else. Trust me, I've tried.. And, once again, before you attempt to quit alcohol make sure you consult a health professional.
If you suspect someone you care about is abusing alcohol then DON'T force them to cut down- they will only resent you for it.
All you can do is give them the information on alcohol abuse, about safe drinking levels and the options open to them if they would like help with stopping drinking (see the resources in the box below).
And then let them make up their own minds.
If you or someone close to you wants help and advice on quitting drinking then take a look at the following pages:
Deborah Morrow, M.S. Addiction Psychology, is the director of treatment programs for The Alcoholism Guide website. In her practice Deborah provides on-line coaching and support for those dependent on alcohol or who require other services such as relapse prevention or court mandated services. (Read More)