10 common signs of a drink problem
Birthdays, anniversaries, or perhaps bank holidays - we have plenty of opportunities in which it can be easy to indulge in one glass too many. But how much alcohol is too much alcohol?
Regularly consuming over 2-3 units a day, approximately one large glass of wine or a pint of beer, can be dangerous to your health. However, those who are addicted to alcohol will consume considerably more than this.
Perhaps you're concerned about the drinking habits of a friend or relative? Claire Rimmer, Lead Addiction Therapist at Priory Hospital Altrincham, shares 10 common signs of alcohol addiction to look out for:
- Close friends, relatives or colleagues expressing concerns about drinking habits
- Cravings for a drink affecting mood or concentration levels
- 'Self-medicating' with drink because of problems at home, social or in your work life
- Trying and failing to cut down on the amount of alcohol being drunk
- Lying about or covering up drinking levels
- Drinking heavily alone
- Drinking to the point of passing out
- Having an alcoholic drink first thing in the morning
- Finances becoming affected by the amount of money spent on alcohol
- Drinking habits beginning to cause problems at home, socially or in work