If you’re concerned that you or someone you know may have an alcohol addiction, there are several signs and symptoms to look out for:
Cravings: You may have strong urges or cravings to drink alcohol.
Tolerance: You may need to drink more alcohol to achieve the desired effects than you did before.
Withdrawal symptoms: When you stop drinking, you may experience physical symptoms such as shaking, sweating, nausea, and anxiety.
Drinking despite consequences: You may continue to drink despite experiencing negative consequences such as relationship problems, financial difficulties, or legal issues.
Prioritizing drinking: You may spend a significant amount of time thinking about drinking or recovering from drinking.
Neglecting responsibilities: You may neglect responsibilities at work, school, or home due to your alcohol use.
Social withdrawal: You may withdraw from social activities that don’t involve drinking.
Increased tolerance: You may feel that you need to drink more alcohol to feel the same effects as before.
If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to speak with a healthcare provider or addiction specialist. They can help you determine if there is an alcohol addiction present and recommend appropriate treatment options.