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How to Know If Someone Has a Drinking Problem

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drinking problemDiscovering whether or not someone has a drinking problem isn’t always simple. You may have a loved one who has been acting unusual or secretive, but does that mean they have a problem with alcohol?

What Is a Drinking Problem?

In order to tell if your loved one truly has a drinking problem, you must understand what it means to have a drinking problem.

A drinking problem can be defined as having an unhealthy relationship and/or pattern of habitual and/or excessive drinking.

Alcoholism is a disease, but it can also be referred to as a drinking problem because there is an issue with one’s drinking. In this case, the main characteristics include having an obsessive and compulsive nature toward drinking alcohol and being unable to stop drinking in spite of any consequences.

Signs of a Drinking Problem

Some major signs of having a drinking problem can include abnormal or secretive behavior, but there are also physical characteristics you will want to consider. Some physical signs of a drinking problem include blacking out, shakiness, intense sweating, nausea, vomiting, slurred speech, and blood shot eyes. As far as behavioral signs of a drinking problem like alcoholism, some include anxiety, irritation, isolating, and hiding and stealing money for drinking.

Treatment for Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism

When it comes to having a drinking problem and alcoholism, the truth is that there are many different types of signs to watch out for. If you are concerned about a loved one having a drinking problem, you can reach out for support at 12 Step meetings for loved ones of alcoholics, such as Al-Anon. In addition to this, you will want to confront your loved one about your concerns and offer to help them seek treatment. Alcoholism can be treated at a medical detox and inpatient alcohol rehab, but it’s up to your loved one to do the work during treatment.

The Watershed Texas offers comprehensive care from the beginning phase of inpatient treatment all the way to outpatient programs and sober living. Call The Watershed for help today at 1-800-861-1768.




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