Many people drink on a regular basis and never fall victim to the perils of addiction, while others may only drink on occasion and yet still be very susceptible to the significant dangers and risks that alcohol addiction imposes—but why? Research has only just started to suggest reasons why some people become addicted to alcohol and others do not and there is still very little to go on. Some tout genetic predisposition, others claim it’s the result of psychological disorders while still others make claims to the fact that people who become addicted are weak and have lacked sense of self control.
Alcoholism symptoms may become evident in the early stages of this progressive disease or they could lie dormant until the progression of the disease has already taken a rapid stance in the individual’s life.
Regardless of when the signs and symptoms of alcohol addiction first appear, the need to recognize these symptoms when they do appear is vital to the hope for making a recovery from alcohol addiction.
People who suffer from alcohol addiction often show the following signs or symptoms of this progressive and potentially fatal disease:
- Becoming mad, mean or hostile when drinking
- Drinking despite the hurt and suffering that the alcohol use is known to be causing to family members.
- Drinking alone rather than in social scenarios the way most casual drinkers tend to drink.
- Drinking to mask or cover up emotions, cope with stress or otherwise “relax”.
- Coming up with excuses to drink even when drinking is not the ideal scenario.
- Missing work, school or other priorities as a result of a desire to drink or as a result of being drunk.
- Missing important family events or being drunk during important family events such as school functions, a family dinner or similar scenario.
- Making promises to friends, family members or yourself not to drink and later going against your word.
- Feeling a need to drink in order to get through the day.
- Drinking to prevent withdrawal symptoms such as shakes, headaches or other symptoms.
- Hiding alcohol use from people who care.
- Denying alcohol use even though you are drinking regularly.
- Avoiding certain activities because alcohol can’t be involved or limiting time with family or friends who don’t drink.
- Eating poorly or not eating at all when drinking or choosing alcohol over meals.
- Having lapses in memory or blackouts when drinking.
- Developing a tolerance to alcohol and having a need to drink more alcohol in order to “feel” drunk.
These are just some of the most common alcohol addiction symptoms that most people will gradually show signs of as their disease progresses. Some will show signs very early on while others may be able to cover the symptoms up for quite some time before they progress to a point in which they are noticeable by most friends, relatives and loved ones.