How To Tell If You May Be Suffering From Alcoholism
Many people who feel they might have a problem with drinking can quite easily bring their behavior into line and stop whatever is they’re doing to harm themselves. It might possibly occur after a particularly heavy night out when they suddenly decide not to drink again. However, in cases where someone suffers from alcoholism, they simply can’t stop drinking whatever they tell themselves or others. The symptoms may develop over a relatively short or a longer period of time and are characterised in the following way:
- Tremors or shaking limbs that stop when an alcoholic drink is imbibed.
- Weight loss due to malnutrition.
- In men, erectile dysfunction. In women, complete loss of libido.
- High blood pressure.
- Heightened emotions such as anger, irritability or upset which ease when a drink is taken.
There are some simple questions to ask if there is worry over whether you or someone you know or is close to you might be developing a problem with alcohol:
- Is drinking hidden from friends and family?
- Is there a feeling of being unable to stop after one or two drinks?
- Is evidence of having drunk alcohol being hidden?
- Is alcohol consumed every day of the week?
- In order to “feel better” in the morning, does alcohol need to be consumed?
- Are there experiences of significant memory loss during or after drinking?
If the answer is “yes” to more than three of these questions then it is possible alcoholism might be the issue. Sometimes, a major factor that stops someone seeking help for issues with alcohol is denial. Someone who suffers from alcoholism cannot accept they have a problem, does not want to admit it or shies away when someone asks them if they are having difficulties. It can often be up to a family member or close friend to persuade them into seeking help and treatment. However, once help has been sought there are a variety of treatment options and support available to ensure that recovery and sobriety can be achieved.