People who being dependence in alcohol may have a lot of symptoms or signs similarities, but if you abuse alcohol but aren’t completely addicted to it, you may not feel as much of a compulsion to drink. You may not have physical withdrawal symptoms when you don’t drink. But alcohol abuse can still cause serious problems. As with alcoholism, you may not be able to quit drinking without help.
Here are several symptoms you may find if you have alcoholism.
- Being unable to limit the amount of alcohol you drink.
- Feeling a strong need or compulsion to drink.
- Developing tolerance to alcohol so that you need an increasing amounts to feel its effects.
- Having legal problems or problems with relationship, employment or finances due to drinking.
- Drinking alone in secret.
- Experiencing physical withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, sweating and shaking when you don’t drink.
- Not remembering conversations or commitments, sometimes referred to as ‘blacking out’.
- Making a ritual having drinks at certain times and becoming annoyed when this ritual is disturbed or questioned.
- Losing interest in activities and hobbies that used to bring you pleasure.
- Irritability when your usual drinking time nears, especially if alcohol isn’t available.
- Keeping alcohol in unlikely places at home, at work, or in your car.
- Gulping drinks, ordering doubles, becoming intoxicated intentionally to feel good or drinking to feel ‘normal’.
If you feel that you don’t have control over your drinking, even if you don’t think you are alcoholism but you’re concerned that you might be drinking too much or that alcohol may be causing problems in your life, you should see your doctor. You also can seek other’s help such as mental provider and support group.