Alcoholism is a disease that strikes people of all ages and from all walks of life. Like all addictions, alcohol often leads the person who is suffering from alcoholism to deliberately conceal their alcohol abuse from others. Many loved ones may also not be entirely aware of what constitutes alcoholism, and whether their loved one is truly suffering from alcohol addiction.
Here are a few strong indicators that a person is, indeed, suffering from alcoholism.
When a person is addicted to alcohol, their moods shift frequently. Alcohol affects a person's thoughts and emotions very heavily, and an alcoholic will frequently exhibit signs of anxiety or depression after the effects of alcohol wear off. While drunk, an alcoholic will exhibit very unpredictable behavior.
They may become easily angered or saddened, or become very giddy and joyful. While drunk, a person's moods can shift quite frequently, and often with very little impetus.
Unexplained Financial Problems
While addicted to alcohol or a drug of any kind, a person will put drinking above all other obligations. This means that necessary expenses like food, rent, and utilities may be neglected.
This problem is frequently compounded by the fact that alcoholism can have a profound impact on a person's ability to function as a useful employee, which can lead to job termination. Unexplained loss of job or an inability to pay bills or rent that cannot be explained is a major indicator of alcoholism.
Obvious Lack of Ability to Control Drinking
If a person regularly demonstrates that they are unable to control how much alcohol they consume, they may be suffering from an inability to control their triggers to use. If your loved one frequently expresses surprise about the amount of alcohol they consumed the night before, or if they become angry when they are unable to continue drinking, they may have developed a chemical dependency on alcohol.
Lies About Behavior or Whereabouts
When a person is addicted to alcohol, they become entirely fixated on continuing to drink at all costs. Part of this often means being dishonest about the places they are going, the people they are spending time with, and how much alcohol they have had to drink.
If you find that your loved one is regularly telling lies, or if you suspect that they are fabricating details of their life, you may want to consider their drinking habits.
Frequent Black Outs
Moderate drinking is generally defined as one drink for women and two drinks per men in any given setting. Moderate drinking does not cause serious lapses in judgement, or greatly diminished motor skills, or frequent blackouts.
When a person blacks out regularly, it is a good sign that they have an alcohol problem. Black outs are a major problem because they may lead to instances when a person feels very ashamed because of things they said or did while intoxicated.
This can lead to shame, lower self worth, and subsequent heavy drinking. While a person is blacked out, they may put themselves or others in danger, and will not even remember it.
Frequent black outs are a major indicator of severe drinking and often mean that a person is regularly suffering brain damage as a result of their drinking.
Treatment Can Bring About Freedom From Alcohol Dependency
If you believe that someone you know is suffering from alcoholism, you should talk to them about whether they have considered getting help, and let them know that you will be there to support them when they get the treatment they need in order recover from their alcohol abuse.