When Does A Drinking Habit Become A Drinking Problem?

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A lot of us like a drink now and again, but when does the casual bevvy turn into a case of alcoholism? Much of this relies on our reactions to alcohol, both under the influence and in the long term. Here are some of the key signs that your drinking habit is evolving into something more dangerous.

You’ve been neglecting important responsibilities

If alcohol is causing you to consistently miss or skip work, it could be a clear sign that it’s bad for you. Alternatively, you may be slacking at work or getting things wrong due to still being intoxicated or hungover. It’s worth ironing out such behaviour before you get fired as this could tarnish your reputation when being hired by other employers.

Some people with an alcohol dependency may also neglect looking after children or miss important family events. Such examples could be forgetting to pick up the kids from school or missing a family wedding due to being intoxicated. These can all be clear signals that you should take a break from booze.

You’ve been getting in trouble with the law

Many people will behave a little more recklessly when drunk, but if this involves getting into fights or vandalism or driving under the influence it could be a sign that alcohol isn’t good for you. If you’ve got arrested and need help dealing with such an offence, there are many services out there that can aid in trying to keep your record clean. You should also consider acts that you may have done whilst drunk that could have been illegal but you weren’t caught for.

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You’ve been doing damage to your body

One of the clearest signs of alcoholism is liver damage, but there are other health signs that can be a reason to ease up on drinking. Profusive sweating when it isn’t hot, shaking hands, insomnia and unexplained seizures can all be signs of withdrawal that show you’ve grown a dependency. If you’re constantly drinking until you throw up or have had to have your stomach pumped, this is also a sign that you should quit the booze. There are many other physical health signs of alcoholism.

You’ve been hurting other people

If drinking is making you physically or verbally abusive towards other people, then alcohol is clearly having a negative effect on your personality. These could be close friends and family or complete strangers. Either way it could be damaging your relationships with people. Counselling sessions could be worth taking as this aggression that only comes out when drinking could also be due to deeper more buried issue.

Your friends and family are concerned about your alcohol consumption

If people you’re close to are having concerns over your alcohol consumption, this too should be a sign of alcoholism worth considering. This is more so the case if you are getting concerns from different sources.You should talk to these people about the problem to get more of an idea of the extent of their concern, it could be to do with a personality change they’ve seen in you or negative behaviour when drunk.

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