Is Your Loved One Drinking Too Much?

Is Your Loved One Drinking Too Much?

Is Your Loved One Drinking Too Much?

At the Crosby Clinic, we recognize individuals struggling with addiction in various ways. Unfortunately, it may be difficult for families to recognize that their loved one has a problem until they have struggled with it for months or even years. It is important to recognize the signs in order to determine if your loved one needs substance abuse help. Thankfully, there are various ways to recognize if a person is struggling with alcohol addiction.

Although it is not always easy to judge whether your loved one has drinking habit that is within healthy limits or if they are struggling with a much bigger problem, there are different signs to look out for. Recognizing the signs early on can help you better encourage your loved one to get alcohol treatment as soon as possible.

Does Your Loved One Have A High Tolerance To Alcohol Or An Inability To Stop Drinking?

This is often one of the most obvious signs of an alcohol abuse disorder, but it is honestly one of the most overlooked. If your loved one shows up to parties or gatherings before anyone, they may be hiding a chronic addiction. These individuals may drink before the gathering begins in an effort to mask how much they are truly consuming. Quite often, these individuals use alcohol to self-medicate from emotional problems or external pressures. Over time, these individuals may develop a tolerance to alcohol that will require them to consume alcohol more frequently and in larger amounts. Once a person builds up a heavy tolerance for alcohol, they are unable to stop drinking.

Heavy Or Binge Drinking

Individuals may state that they are only going to consume alcohol at certain times, but when they do, they do so in very large amounts. For example, your loved one may say, “I am just going to have a couple of drinks at happy hour,” and before you know it, they have already drunk four or more drinks within the hour.  Heavy drinking is a serious problem that can cause people to forget things more often because of alcohol’s effects on the brain.

Sneaking Or Hiding Alcohol

Individuals who are in denial of their drinking problems often drink in secret, so family members and friends do not question their habits. They will often hide alcohol in unusual places to avoid being questioned about it. These individuals are often very good at covering their tracks to avoid confrontation, so they will hide the alcohol in holes in their mattresses, in ceiling tiles, behind bookshelves, or even in sports bottles to claim it is something else.

They Will Experience Withdrawal Symptoms Or Have Unexplained Injuries

Individuals who have alcoholism may go through withdrawal when they stop drinking suddenly. Some common symptoms of withdrawal include anxiety, nervousness, fatigue, irritability, mood swings, nightmares, inability to think clearly, shakiness, and rapid heartbeats. More severe symptoms from withdrawal include seizures, confusion, fevers, agitation, and hallucinations.

They Will Ignore Responsibilities

Individuals who struggle with alcohol addiction will often ignore priorities and neglect other things in order to drink. Alcohol can become a major priority for them, so everything else falls on the back burner. Individuals suffering from alcohol addiction will have problems at work or school, have problems with money and familial relations, and they may not take care of their homes and bills.

The Crosby Clinic Can Help

If you suspect your loved one is suffering from alcohol addiction and in need of alcohol treatment, contact they Crosby Clinic at (760) 751-1234 to see how our residential alcohol treatment can help your loved one succeed.

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