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Alcoholism Addiction

Alcoholism Addiction

Alcoholism addiction is a very wide spread problem throughout the United States. It affects people from every race, ethnicity, social class, economic stature, and gender. Once considered a problem faced primarily by adults, the incidence of younger people who are addicted to alcohol are rising with each subsequent year. This is likely to continue to rise

Signs of Alcoholism Addiction

There are many different signs and symptoms of alcoholism addiction. Knowing the entire variety of these signs and symptoms can help you to evaluate what your next steps should be if you determine that there is a problem with alcohol. If you have any of the signs and symptoms below, then you might have an addiction to alcohol.

Drinking secretly or alone. If you are drinking secretly or alone, then it is likely that you have an addiction to alcohol.

Having drinks at the same time every day. Many people with alcoholism addiction have a ritual that includes having drinks at a certain time of the day. There may be other aspects to this ritual as well. For example, you might watch the news, T.V. or read the newspaper while you are having your drinks. If you are not able to carry out this drinking ritual, and if you get irritated due to your inability to follow your drinking ritual, it is likely that you are addicted to alcohol. People who have alcoholism addiction also become irritated if someone questions their desire to have the ritual.

Blacking out. Many people are familiar with this term when it is used in connection with drinking. It means that you forgot things that have happened while you were drinking. You might not remember conversations that you have had with people or you might not remember things that you did when you were drinking. At other times, you might forget commitments that you made before you started drinking. Or you might forget commitments that you make while you are drinking. Having any type of blackout means you likely have a problem with alcohol addiction.

Not being able to stop drinking once you start. For many people, drinking alcohol is a social activity. These people will have one or two drinks while they are at a party. These drinks are often ingested while eating, either with a meal or appetizers. People who drink socially are typically able to simply stop drinking after they have had one or two drinks. For those people who have alcoholism addiction, stopping once they start drinking is not only difficult, many people discover that they cannot do so.

Your hobbies do not interest you. If you discover that hobbies and interests that you previously enjoyed no longer provide you with pleasure and entertainment, then you might have an alcoholism addiction. This is particularly true if you are too busy thinking about when you will be able to get your next drink or where you will be when are you able to drink next. You also might be thinking that none of your previous hobbies or interests are as much fun as drinking.

Keeping your alcohol hidden in unexpected places. If you find yourself stashing alcohol in odd places throughout your home so that it is easier to reach, or if you find yourself keeping a bottle of alcohol in your car, you are likely on your way to alcoholism addiction. Keeping alcohol in unexpected places is often done in secrecy as well. Or you might do it to keep your drinking a secret.

Symptoms of Alcoholism Addiction

Feeling like you need a drink. If you are having a problem with alcoholism addiction, you will likely feel a strong urge or desire to drink. Often these desires or urges are triggered by the time of the day or the events going on around you. Many people also feel a strong desire or urge to drink during times of stress. You might also notice that this feeling surfaces when you are around certain people. These people often have an association with drinking in your mind.

Having physical symptoms if you are not drinking. Although many people have experienced the occasional upset stomach and headache the day after they drink a few drinks too many, this is not necessarily a sign of having alcoholism addiction. Rather, it is a sign that you did drink too much for your body. You should reconsider how much you drink on future occasions. Having physical symptoms such as shaking, nausea, and sweating because you are not drinking and you do not have any alcohol in your body, is a sign that your body is addicted to alcohol. Having a physical reaction means that your body is craving the alcohol so badly that it has moved into a physical stage of withdrawal.

You need more to drink. If your body begins to develop a tolerance for alcohol, that is a sign that you have alcoholism addiction. A tolerance for alcohol means that you are no longer able to feel the effects of the alcohol that you drink. You need more drinks in order to feel the same effects that you would have felt at an earlier time with fewer drinks.

Alcohol affects your relationships. Alcoholism addiction will often make important areas of your life very difficult. You might find that you are having a hard time keeping a job because you have had too much to drink. Or you could discover that your significant other does not approve of your drinking due to the frequency of the drinking or your actions while you are drinking.

If you have any of the above signs and symptoms of alcoholism addiction, you should seek the care of a highly qualified professional who is trained in this type of alcoholism addiction behavior.

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