Researchers estimate that 15 million adults in the United States meet the criteria for alcohol use disorders. Roughly 620,000 youth, ages 12-17 have an alcohol use disorder. Alcohol is legal, but carries high rates of premature disease and death. When you think of alcoholism, you may get a mental picture of a disheveled person. Alcoholism reaches far and wide and can affect people of all ages, from all walks of life. Fortunately, if you know the warning signs of alcoholism, you may be able get your loved one the help that they need.
Common signs of alcoholism include problems at work such as tardiness and absenteeism. Other common signs are trembling when the person has not had alcohol, smelling of alcohol and overall decline in physical and emotional health.
Warning signs of alcoholism that are often missed include:
- Hiding alcohol around the house is a marker of someone struggling with excessive drinking. Hiding alcohol is done so that other people do not find out, and in an attempt to not run out of alcohol.
- Drinking alone is a sign often missed because you are not around the person. If you notice that your loved one has started to isolate and talks to you about drinking alone to cope, celebrate or any other reasons, take notice.
- Drinking before events and social gatherings in order “get buzzed” before other people is a commonly missed warning sign. If your loved one needs to drink before going out to deal with anxiety or just to start the night early, it may be a sign that they are becoming alcohol dependent.
- A person that is hiding their drinking may start to prefer vodka. Vodka is clear and does not smell like alcohol as much as other liquors, so it can be put in a water bottle and most people would not notice.
- Drinking in the morning to relieve a hangover can be an often missed sign, as well. Your loved one may make excuses for it, but when morning drinking becomes a consistent behavior, this is a clear sign that the person may have a drinking problem.
- Selling personal property in order to obtain alcohol is a sign that alcohol is taking over a person’s life. Alcohol is not cheap. When someone becomes alcohol dependent, personal property and valuables take a back seat because they need alcohol to get through the day.
If any of these often missed signs sound familiar, there is help out there.
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