Since April is Alcohol Awareness Month, it’s important to know the warning signs of alcohol addiction. At times, it can be difficult to recognize when someone is abusing alcohol. This is especially true when people go to great lengths to hide their addiction. This is why it’s extremely important to know the warning signs, especially early on, in order to help loved ones seek the proper treatment and support.
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, a 2019 national survey revealed that 14.5 million people ages 12 and older had Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) in the United States. The same research found that only about 7.2 percent of people ages 12 and older with AUD received any treatment during that year.
Research indicates that alcohol use during the teenage years can interfere with normal adolescent brain development and increase the risk of developing AUD. Underage drinking contributes to a range of consequences, including injuries, alcohol poisoning, and deaths (including auto accidents).
Additionally, alcohol abuse in adults can affect the entire family. Alcoholism can damage relationships, hinder work performance, worsen mental health conditions, and can harm one’s overall health. If you suspect alcohol abuse in someone you care for, it’s important to address the issue as early as possible.
It’s critical to look out for the warning signs that alcohol addiction may be present:
- Using alcohol in larger amounts or for longer than is intended.
- Trying to cut down or stop using alcohol, but not being able to quit.
- Spending a lot of time getting, using, or recovering from the use of alcohol.
- Experiencing cravings and urges to drink.
- Not managing responsibilities at work, home, or school due to alcohol use.
- Continuing to drink, despite it causing problems in relationships.
- Giving up important social, occupational, or recreational activities as a result of drinking.
- Using alcohol repeatedly, even when it puts you in danger.
- Continuing to drink, even when you know you have a physical or psychological problem that could have been caused (or made worse) by alcohol.
- Needing more alcohol to get the effect you desire (tolerance).
- Development of withdrawal symptoms, which can only be relieved by drinking.
It can be very challenging when someone you care about is in denial and resistant, or unwilling, to get help. If this is the case, it’s best to consider an intervention. At Feinberg Consulting, we have a team of highly trained addiction professionals and interventionists, ready to support you through these difficult situations. Contact us today to learn more at 877.538.5425.