Alcohol addiction is a very serious problem that affects thousands of people all over the UK. Unfortunately, if you have to genuinely ask yourself whether or not you have a drinking problem or not, there’s a good chance you do. Also, if the people in your life have expressed concern about how much you’re drinking or the negative consequences of your drinking, this can be a pretty good indicator that you do have a drinking problem.
We know alcohol addiction and abuse isn’t always black and white, and that it can be difficult to distinguish a problem in yourself. Keep reading to find out some of the signs you should be keeping an eye out for if you think you have an alcohol addiction.
If you’re one of those people who does something embarrassing or damaging (as a result of drinking) and swears to ‘never drink again’, yet a few days later you find yourself doing the same destructive things as a consequence as your drinking, it’s a clear sign of alcohol abuse. Or, in the worst case scenario, alcohol dependency.
Alcohol abuse is known as any ‘harmful use’ of alcohol which falls under the umbrella of having a drinking problem.
Alcohol dependency is when you feel as if you can’t function without alcohol and that you need it to get through everyday life. This is when it becomes a case of needing alcohol rather than wanting it.
These are some pretty good indications of a drinking problem, but as already stated, it isn’t always black and white. Signs of a drinking problem could also include:
- Affected relationships as a result of excessive drinking
- Lying to friends, family or yourself about your drinking
- Making excuses and trying to justify your drinking
- Withdrawal symptoms
- Memory loss
Accepting that you have a drinking problem can be a scary thought. But the fact you’ve ended up reading this blog is most definitely a step in the right direction. Here at Leon House we have a team of addiction experts who want to help you in any way they can. If you’re looking for assistance with a drinking problem you can get in touch with a member of our team here.