Know the Signs

​There are different types of alcohol problems prevalent in society of which alcohol dependence, otherwise known as alcoholism, is the most severe. However, less severe drinking problems can be just as dangerous.

Alcohol Abuse:

Alcohol abuse is considered the “harmful” use of alcohol. Alcohol abuse is when someone continues to drink in spite of continued social, interpersonal, health or legal difficulties. Alcohol abuse can result in missing time at school or work, neglecting child or household responsibilities, trouble with the law or worse.

Alcohol Dependence (Alcoholism):

The term “alcoholism” describes the disease known as alcohol dependence. It is when an individual becomes physically dependent on alcohol, and the symptoms and effects of the dependency become progressively worse over time.

If you feel that you or someone you know has a problem with excessive drinking, take the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT). This test was developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a simple method of screening for excessive drinking.

Here are a few signs that someone may have a problem with alcohol:

Frequent hangovers: The individual may have red eyes most mornings and appear a bit unwell.

Physical signs of alcohol withdrawals: The individual may have the shakes or other signs of alcohol withdrawal.

Unkempt appearance: As alcohol takes over the individual’s life, he might lose interest in taking care of his grooming. His clothes may look unclean and wrinkled. His personal hygiene may suffer and he might frequently smell of alcohol.

angry faceIrrational behavior: The individual might seem paranoid and suffer from frequent mood changes.

An obsession with alcohol: Alcoholics enjoy talking about their drinking exploits and do not seem to have many other interests.

outburstTemper outbursts: Alcoholics may find it difficult to control their emotions and can become angry at the slightest provocation. They may not be able to handle stress as well as they once did.

Reduced productivity: As addiction takes over, the individual may show up for work less regularly, and when they do, they are less productive than normal.

secretiveSecretive and dishonest behavior: The individual will try to hide the evidence of his addiction by being guarded or by lying. He might try to hide the symptoms of his alcohol abuse by wearing sunglasses or eating mints to mask the smell of the alcohol.

negetiveIncreased negativity: Alcohol abuse may lead to symptoms of depression. The alcoholic may develop a general negative attitude and may even become suicidal.


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It is estimated that alcohol abuse shortens life expectancy by about 10 years.

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