Alcohol Abuse Can Sneak Up Quickly. Know the Symptoms!

The moment you start wondering if you or a loved one might be abusing alcohol, a problem is usually present. Alcohol abuse usually happens over time, but it can be extremely dangerous and something that needs to be addressed in order to prevent illness or even death.

There are many signs you can look for to identify alcohol abuse and misuse. Some of more obvious than others, but if any of these are present in yourself or someone you love, chances are you have an issue that needs to be treated.

Common Signs of Alcohol Abuse

Here are some of the most common red flags when it comes to drinking too much alcohol.

  • Issues at school, work, or home due to drinking
  • Drinking during inappropriate times, or instead of staying sober and responsible. An example would be if you know you need to drive somewhere.
  • Blacking out and not remembering periods of time due to drinking.
  • Acting in a way that you would do sober while drinking.
  • Legal issues, DUIs, divorce, caused by drinking.
  • Loved ones have expressed concern about your drinking.
  • You feel miserable the day after drinking, and reach for another drink to feel better.

Alcoholism is a Slippery Slope and Requires Treatment

Drinking alcohol is socially acceptable across the world, and as a result, many people don’t take alcoholism seriously. The truth is that nearly 90,000 people die as a direct result of alcohol in the United States alone. These are young, healthy people who still had a lot of life to live ahead of them. With statistics like that, it’s hard to argue that alcoholism is not a serious issue.

Many people try repeatedly on their own to quit drinking, to no avail. This is where treatment is beneficial and can be life-saving. At a certain point, alcohol begins to control a person, and as much as that person would like to stop it can become close to impossible without treatment.

Detoxing from alcohol can vary from mild to severe and even life-threatening. Depending on how long you have been drinking and how much, your symptoms may include nausea, shakiness, anxiety, stomach upset, and depression. In severe cases, delirium tremens (DTs) can occur, which is life threatening. DTs can include hallucinations, shaking, seizures, heart irregularities, seizures, and death. Contrary to popular belief, alcohol is one of the most dangerous drugs to withdraw from.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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