Others think the most common symptom is that someone drinks very large amounts at one time. The truth is, though, that while many people with an alcohol abuse problem do drink every day and many do drink very large amounts, not all do. The one symptom of alcohol abuse that defines a real drinking problem is if your use of alcohol is interfering with your daily life.
We can give you some information to help you determine if you have an alcohol problem, but we can’t diagnose you or recommended appropriate treatment over the internet. If you think you might have a problem with alcohol, we encourage you to see a professional for evaluation.
There’s no single symptom of alcohol abuse that will tell you if you have a problem. Instead, ask yourself the following questions and be honest.
Talk with your doctor or make an appointment with an addictions counselor to talk about your concerns. He or she will assess you for any symptom of alcohol abuse and then recommend an appropriate treatment plan, if needed, based on your unique needs.
You can’t make someone else see a doctor or talk to a counselor, but you can encourage your loved one to do so. Don’t nag, though; nagging seldom works and often ends up backfiring by causing the other person to dig in his heels and resist even more. If your loved one needs help finding a doctor or counselor, you can assist him with that, but don’t take on all the responsibility for getting help for someone else. You can also go with him to see a doctor or counselor, if he’d like you to go, but remember that your role is to support him, not to do the work for him.
If your loved one doesn’t want to get help, you can still get help for yourself. Talking to a counselor or attending Al-Anon meetings can help you deal with your feelings about your loved one’s alcohol abuse and can help you make decisions about whether or not you can stay in a relationship with an alcoholic. You can follow this link to learn about Al-Anon meeting online.