There are several signs and symptoms of alcohol addiction, also known as alcoholism, including:
Craving alcohol: feeling a strong urge or need to drink alcohol.
Loss of control: being unable to stop drinking once you have started, or being unable to limit how much you drink.
Physical dependence: experiencing withdrawal symptoms such as shaking, sweating, nausea, or anxiety when you stop drinking or try to cut back.
Tolerance: needing to drink more and more alcohol to achieve the same effects you used to get with smaller amounts.
Neglecting responsibilities: failing to fulfill responsibilities at work, school, or home due to drinking.
Continuing to drink despite negative consequences: continuing to drink even though it’s causing problems in your personal relationships, health, or other areas of your life.
Giving up important activities: giving up hobbies or activities you used to enjoy in order to drink instead.
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to seek help from a healthcare provider or addiction specialist. They can help you develop a treatment plan to manage your addiction and support your recovery.