One of the hardest moments in life for many people is when they must acknowledge their addiction. Alcohol problems may even be more of an issue because society does not have the taboos against drinking as they do for drug use. It may take time for an alcohol addiction to stand out since it is socially acceptable to consume alcohol, but there are signs.
Inability to Stop
Alcoholism often makes people want to drink every day. It may also cause people to drink much more than they intended. Alcoholics often make the decision to have only one drink that evening, but by the end of the night consume several more. Each added beverage may give them a feeling of guilt or shame, but it is not enough to encourage them to stop.
Location is Inappropriate
Another concern is when alcohol use takes place where it should not. People may smuggle liquor into work or school, have a bottle in their vehicle or have a backup with them when socializing out of the fear their friends will not have any to serve. The need to keep a certain level of alcohol in the body all the time is a clear sign of a severe problem.
Used for Everything
Alcoholics often make excuses to themselves and others to justify their drinking. A happy occasion means a celebration with an alcoholic drink, as does sadness, anger, or fear. Calming the nerves, bolstering confidence and all other uses are not acceptable reasons to consume alcohol because they strip away the ability of the person to effectively manage their emotions.
Causing Legal Problems
Legal issues can take many forms. Problem drinking often leads to loss of driving privileges, but it can also be the catalyst for aggressive behavior and poor choices like shoplifting. Some parents …