It starts out innocently enough: You go out with friends for a few drinks on the weekend. Soon, “the weekend” begins on Thursday and lasts until Monday. Maybe you’ve noticed you’re drinking more than you want to on any given occasion.
Are you becoming worried about your alcohol intake? Following are 10 signs you’ve lost control of your drinking.
- You need to drink more and more to get the same feeling. Where you once felt tipsy after two glasses of wine, you now drink three or four before noticing any effect. This is called increased tolerance.
- You’ve switched from one type of alcohol to another in an effort to control your drinking. Maybe you’ve gone from hard liquor to beer or wine, so you won’t get drunk as quickly.
- You nearly always drink more than you intend to, and you drink until you’re drunk.
- You’re preoccupied with alcohol, obsessing about when you’ll get to drink next or how you’ll get more. You hide stashes of alcohol around your home or in your car, so you’ll never run out.
- Your habit is having a negative effect on your work life, social life or family life. Others have asked you to quit or moderate your drinking. In response, you lie about how much you drink.
- You have trouble meeting your daily obligations, such as going to work or school, or caring for family members.
- You’ve had trouble as a result of drinking, such as drunken-driving arrests or putting your job in jeopardy.
- You have hangovers after drinking, or feel depressed. You drink in the morning to get rid of the shakes.
- You have blackouts when drinking. You can’t remember what you said or did, or how you got home.
- You can’t seem to stop drinking, no matter how much you want to or how hard you try.
These are some of the most common signs of alcohol abuse. If you think you have a problem, seek help immediately. Alcoholism is incurable, progressive and fatal if left untreated. Recovery is also progressive and can result in a lifetime of abstinence from drugs and alcohol. You are not alone, and you do not have to suffer any longer.
Change happens one step at a time. Design For Change is a full continuum of care options providing the hope that is promised in recovery. As a refuge for addicts seeking change, our residential programs help change lives. Call us today for information: (877) 267-3646