Unlike substance abuse, drinking alcohol is socially acceptable and casual drinking is common. A glass of wine with dinner or the occasional crazy night out with friends is typical. But at what point does drinking become a problem? Our addiction specialists give their top signs of when alcohol is becoming an issue and when to seek alcohol addiction treatment:
Because drinking is such a commonplace activity in the UK, it is easy for those suffering from alcohol abuse to deny to themselves (and others) about how much they are drinking. Some alcoholics rationalise the amount they are drinking by only drinking on weekends. Others may think they are ok because they drink less than a friend or family member. If you find you are making excuses for your drinking, consider starting an alcohol detox.
Little white lies and half-truths can be the start of a serious alcohol problem. When an alcoholic begins to admit they’re drinking excessively, they may hide it from those closest to them. Typically, an alcohol addict will hide alcohol or travel further to get it to avoid recognition.
3. Neglecting responsibilities
A distinct element of a drinking problem is when it impacts your day-to-day life. Drinking heavily may start by affecting your normal morning routine. It can then lead to damaging your work performance. You may miss social events. If either your family, friends or employers comment on your drinking, it may be time to seek professional alcohol rehab treatment.
4. Not drinking within your limits
Most of us have got carried away on a night out. But if you start regularly breaking your limit of drinks, or even start passing out, you may be struggling with an alcohol problem.
“God, I NEED a drink after today!” – Sound familiar? Most of us have experienced this from time to time. But if you start craving alcohol at every stressful moment, this may be cause for concern. Many alcoholics start to find a reason to drink even when they shouldn’t, simply because it is on their mind most of the time.
To learn more about our private alcohol rehab, The Providence Projects in Bournemouth, call our friendly counsellors on 0800 955 0945 and discover how we can help.