If you’re asking yourself, “Am I an alcoholic?” it may be a sign that your drinking has reached an unhealthy level. So how do you know for sure if you are an alcoholic? Today’s movies and TV shows would have you believe that people with alcohol problems are easy to spot. They’re often portrayed as homeless, mentally unstable and unable to hold down a job. Since you’re able to keep a job and have a place to live it must mean you don’t have a problem, right? Not necessarily.
Am I An Alcoholic?
Like most things in life, alcohol use is a gray area. What constitutes a problem for one person may be fine for another. Since there is no objective scale of alcohol abuse, professionals rely on a client’s lifestyle as clues to potential issues.
In order to help you decide how drinking has impacted your life, consider the following questions. If you answer “yes” to one or more, it may be time to seek professional help.
- Has your work performance decreased because you’re often too hungover from drinking to concentrate?
- Do you neglect paying bills or seeking medical care in order to afford alcohol?
- Have you ever driven while intoxicated (whether convicted of a DUI or not)?
- Do you have more than 4 drinks a day?
- Do you drink alone more often than not?
- Do you “crave” alcohol or have tremors if you don’t drink for a few hours?
Symptoms of Alcoholism
If the answer to the question, “Am I an alcoholic” is “yes”, there are plenty of reasons to get help. The symptoms of alcoholism range from irritating (nausea, vomiting and dizziness) to lethal (organ failure and death). These symptoms can happen within a very short period of time.
Although it seems like the damage would be noticeable, the truth is that it often goes undiagnosed until it’s too late.
Treatment of Alcoholism
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If you’re ready to make a change, don’t go it alone. Having the support of professional rehab centers can mean the difference between success and relapse. Call 866-605-0532. Let us help you plant your tree today.