Signs that your drinking is becoming a problem
Alcohol addiction can happen to anyone. Common problems such as an increasing workload, financial worries or family related stress can all be catalysts for turning to the drug, regardless of your previous history with alcohol.
If you think that you do have a drinking problem, Claire Rimmer, the lead addictions therapist at the Priory Hospital in Altrincham, has listed 10 common signs that could indicate that you have an alcohol addiction.
- Do you regularly drink more than you intend to and are your finances or abilities to do everyday tasks becoming affected by the amount that you drink?
- Do you find that your work, home or social life is becoming affected by the amount you drink? You might be starting to miss work or turn up late, or you may be arguing more with those close to you.
- Have your friends, colleagues or family expressed concern about your drinking? Do they ask whether you may have a drinking problem?
- Do you find yourself craving a drink to the point that it is affecting your mood or concentration levels?
- Do you try to “self-medicate” with drink because of problems in your home, social or work life?
- Have you tried and failed to cut down on the amount you drink?
- Have you lied about the amount that you drink or become secretive about your drinking, for example by hiding bottles or cans?
- Do you regularly drink heavily by yourself?
- Do you ever drink to the point of having blackouts and not being able to remember what you did while you were drunk?
- Do you feel the need to have a drink first thing in the morning? Do you ever feel shaky or weak if you don’t get a drink when you need one?