You may have noticed that a family member or loved one has started to change or act differently, and not for the better. Their behavior and actions are becoming problematic, and you suspect that alcohol may be involved, or even the culprit. It is never easy to see a loved one succumb to the effects of alcoholism, but if you suspect a problem of abuse, it is important that you first understand and know the warning signs before you confront them. Here are 5 signs that your loved one may be an alcoholic or suffering from alcohol abuse.
Problem drinkers and alcoholics may hide their drinking or drink secretively to make it seem like less than what it really is. They may also drink before or after attending an event in which there will be drinking since it takes longer for them to reach the desired effect. Secret drinking can be hard to detect, but is a very important sign of a bigger problem
Drinking at Inappropriate Times
The problem drinker may drink at inappropriate times, like before work or while driving or even drinking against doctor’s orders because of medication. They may drink in the mornings as soon as they wake or add alcohol to their morning coffee or juice to temper a hangover. If this becomes excessive and is ongoing, this is a sign that alcohol is the main priority in their life.
If you notice that your loved one frequently gets blackout drunk, there may be a problem. If they are drinking to the point where they are unable to remember what happened, what is driving them to drink so excessively? This sign should not be ignored as it points to a much bigger underlying problem.
Lying and Neglecting Responsibilities
The problem drinker may lie about their drinking or other aspects of their life to cover up their dependency. They may show up late or not show up at all to work, school, appointments or places where they are expected. Relationships and other responsibilities may become strained because of their lying, lack of motivation and frequent absence.
Increased Isolation and Absence
As their drinking becomes more severe, the problem drinker may become more distant from others and less interested in things they used to love. They may isolate themselves from friends and family to hide their drinking and dependency problem. Their disinterest in daily life and things they used to enjoy may stem from other psychological issues that may also be the cause of their alcohol dependency.
Recognizing the Signs
If you begin to recognize certain warning signs in a family member or loved one that you suspect of alcohol abuse, it is important that you take action and do not ignore it. If you would like to learn more for yourself or a loved oneabout alcohol abuse and its symptoms, visit South Coast Counseling for the most up-to-date information.