Alcohol - generic-1381759Not all alcohol abusers develop into full alcoholics; however, there is a distinct link between the two and, as tolerance increases, addiction can take hold. To prevent abuse and ultimately, addiction, it helps to recognise the signs and symptoms. These include:

  • Regular neglecting of responsibilities (i.e. at home, work, or school)
  • Repeated legal problems due to alcohol abuse
  • Continuing to drink in the knowledge that it is causing problems
  • Drinking as a way to relax
  • Drinking is dangerous situations (i.e. when driving or operating heavy machinery).

These signs indicate that an alcohol problem is heading towards alcohol addiction, where symptoms will include:

  • A greater tolerance to alcohol
  • Withdrawal symptoms (i.e. headaches, nausea, fatigue, loss of appetite, and shakiness)
  • A loss of control over drinking
  • A want to quit, but can’t
  • Alcohol becoming a priority.

If you see any of these signs in yourself, you may have a problem with alcohol addiction; however, it is important that you look at your situation honestly. Denial is one of the greatest obstacles in getting treatment for alcoholism and often results in the worsening of a problem until help is too late. Alcohol dependence is a completely treatable problem, but you will need help along the way.

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