Alcohol Abuse Signs and Symptoms
The signs of alcohol abuse can be helpful to friends and family members – even to the patient themselves. Learning how to recognize when alcohol is causing a problem in life can help you take measures to get the necessary help before a tragedy occurs or alcohol addiction develops.
The following are some of the most common signs and symptoms of alcohol abuse. If you recognize more than one of these signs in yourself or someone you love, don’t wait – contact us at Michael’s House today.
- Drinking heavily as a way to unwind, de-stress or deal with negative emotions. Using alcohol to alter your mood is a dangerous thing, indeed. Everyone deals with stress and many even have a drink or two to help them to unwind and relax, enjoying a glass of wine at dinner or a beer after a game or other physical activity. But to drink five or more drinks in search of balance is not “normal” and demonstrates an inappropriate relationship with alcohol that can be defined as a sign of alcohol abuse.
- Choosing alcohol over important events, work, family and others. Another sign of alcohol abuse is when you or someone you care about routinely chooses to go to the bar and drink or stay home and get drunk rather than attend important family or work functions – or do anything that cannot include alcohol. Given the choice between an event at which it is acceptable to drink or be drunk and one where drinking is not appropriate, one who abuses alcohol will choose the pro-alcohol function almost every time.
- Continual legal issues due to drinking and behavior under the influence. When a patient abuses alcohol regularly, it’s common for him or her to make poor choices as a result. Many end up in legal trouble when they choose to drive while drunk or buzzed. Others become violent when they drink and face charges for assault or domestic violence. Still others pay fines for being drunk in public, disruptive to others or vandalizing property. This can add up to a lot of missed time at work due to court dates, probation, legal fees and a record that could mean jail time as well.
- Continuing to drink despite the many problems you experience as a result. None of the problems listed above caused by alcohol are preferred for anyone, even those who abuse alcohol. If you recognize that the above symptoms describe you and the state of your life yet you still cannot stop drinking, then alcohol abuse is definitely a problem – and one that requires immediate treatment at an alcohol rehab.
Contact us today at Michael’s House to learn more about our alcohol rehab programs and sober living options. Inpatient or residential care is available in addition to outpatient support. Those who need ongoing care can find it in our sober living program – both estates are located in Palm Springs, California, just a quick trip to seclusion from one of three Los Angeles airports and a number of major highways. Call now to find out more about our alcohol rehab programs and how we can help you fight alcohol abuse today.