Early Warning Signs Of Alcohol Use Disorder
For many people in America, drinking is a part of their social life and culture. Alcohol is one of the most popular drugs and may seem socially acceptable. However, misusing alcohol can lead to poor physical and mental health and cause serious consequences in a person's life. Some people cannot use alcohol safely; they tend to drink too much no matter what control measures they try. Alcohol use disorder is a disorder that describes a person who has trouble controlling their drinking.
You don’t have to be physically addicted to alcohol to be diagnosed with an alcohol use disorder. Some great news is that you also don’t have to hit a “rock bottom” to stop drinking, either. So how do you decide if you have a problem with alcohol?
Early Symptoms Of Alcohol Use Disorder
People who have an unhealthy relationship with alcohol often begin to show signs of alcohol use disorder. The symptoms can progress and become worse as a person’s disease progresses. While they may not be the typical “rock bottom,” alcohol can quickly begin to interfere with your life.
Here are a few warning signs to look out for:
- Drinking more than you intended to or drinking longer than you intended.
- Blacking out or passing out from too much alcohol.
- Using other substances you didn’t plan to use when you drank.
- Making excuses to drink, even when you weren’t planning to.
- Taking risks like driving drunk.
- Legal consequences such as DUIs and drunk in public tickets.
- Waking up hungover.
- Hangovers that affect your work or social life.
- Canceling plans if they don’t include drinking.
- Avoiding people who disapprove of your drinking or don’t drink.
- Planning your weekends around alcohol.
- Having outbursts, arguments, or fights when you drink.
- Becoming defensive about your alcohol use.
- Injuring yourself while drinking, such as falling.
- Switching from liquor to beer (or vice versa) to control your drinking.
All of the above symptoms describe behavior that may accompany an alcohol use disorder. Many people drink to relieve their anxiety or stress, only to find that drinking becomes a bigger problem. Alcohol addiction is a disease of the brain that needs treatment. Getting help is an empowering experience that helps you take back control of your life and make better decisions.
Getting Help for Alcohol Use Disorder
If you or somebody you love has a problem with alcohol, help is available. People from all walks of life have found sobriety and recovery when they walk through our front doors. We’re here to help you heal, find strength, and build new living skills to help you stay sober.
Please give us a call at 619-363-4767. We’re happy to walk you through your options.