Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Abuse
Alcohol has been a huge part of human culture for centuries, and there’s definitely nothing wrong with having a few drinks now and then. However, the problem is that alcohol can be highly addictive, leading millions of people around the world down the path of alcohol abuse and eventually addiction. The fourth leading cause of preventable death in the United States, excessive alcohol consumption shortens a person’s life by an average of 30 years.
Therefore, if you or anyone you know begins showing signs of alcohol addiction or abuse, it is important that you get help before it’s too late. Our alcohol treatment center in Utah has experience helping people of all ages overcome their addiction problems, and we can provide the advice and treatment needed should you begin noticing any of the following issues.
Drinking is Creating Problems for Your Personal or Work Life
One of the biggest signs of alcohol abuse is when it begins directly affecting a person’s family and work life. If alcohol is causing you to be late to work or miss days altogether, it’s a sign you need help. The same is true is alcohol is causing you problems with school or has led to fights and arguments with friends and loved ones. Of course, getting into legal troubles due to drinking is also another major warning sign of addiction.
You Can’t Control How Much You Drink and Frequently Have Blackouts
The majority of people know their limit and have no problems stopping after a few drinks. On the other hand, drinking until you are sick or pass out is a sure sign of abuse. As well, if you often wake up not remembering what happened the night before, it’s also a sign that you’re drinking too much. Like most things in life, the key to drinking alcohol is moderation. If you find yourself unable to moderate your drinking, it’s often best that you stop altogether. Otherwise, you’ll end up risking your health and your future.
You Keep Drinking Despite Worries and Warnings
Over time, family and friends are bound to become increasingly worried by a loved one’s alcohol abuse. Unfortunately, oftentimes alcoholics will continue to drink even after being confronted or given ultimatums. Similarly, many also continue to drink despite warnings from their doctor that alcohol is seriously damaging and threatening their health.
The problem is that alcohol is highly addictive both mentally and physically, meaning the person may not be able to quit no matter how much they want to. In this case, addiction treatment is really the only option. Therefore, if you or anyone you know is suffering from alcohol addiction, Pathways Real Life Recovery is here to help. Contact us today to see how our alcohol treatment center in Utah can help put you or your loved one back on the path to a happy, healthy life free from alcohol abuse.
About the Author:
Michelle Amerman is a licensed therapist and President of Pathways Real Life Recovery. Pathways is a mental health counseling and addiction recovery center in Utah. Her treatment approach is based on 30 years’ worth of groundwork and has been assessed and validated by pioneers in the field of recovery research.
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