Many adults have gone out for a night with friends to the hot spot in town for a few drinks. Does that necessarily mean you are an alcoholic? Of course not. Drinking alcohol in itself is not healthy, but the fact that you have consumed alcohol does not mean you are an alcoholic. It is important that you know the characteristics of alcohol use disorder so you can determine if you truly do have a problem.
If you find yourself asking if you are an alcoholic, consider the following. Do you have no control over your alcohol intake? Are you a compulsive drinker? Are you generally in a bad mood when you are not consuming alcohol? If any of these are applicable to you, you may have alcohol dependency.
There are a few more specific questions you can ask yourself in order to determine if you truly do have a problem. These questions will help you identify your problem in order to take the steps necessary toward getting help.
- Do you tend to avoid friends and family when drinking?
- Have you ever blacked out or had problems remembering activities that take place after drinking?
- If you go out drinking with friends – do you usually drink more than others?
- Do you feel guilty about drinking or consuming alcoholic beverages?
- Have your work habits or relationships suffered as a result of your drinking?
- Have friends or family members ever voiced concern to you about your drinking habits?
- Have you ever been arrested for DUI?
Answering yes to any of the questions above could be an indication of having an alcohol use disorder. As your body becomes addicted to alcohol, it will change the way you see and feel. Some signs of alcoholism include:
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Impulsive and/or self-destructive behavior
- Blackouts while drinking
- Loneliness and/or guilt
Depending on your body’s tolerance level, you may experience all or none of these symptoms. Some individuals only suffer migraines after drinking while others shake and feel dizzy from not drinking. There are many symptoms of withdrawal individuals can experience, each with a different type of reaction. Individuals that consume alcohol long-term can suffer tremendous health complications or death. Some of the most common problems related to alcoholism are:
- Heart damage
- Liver failure
- Lung infections/breathing problems
- Sexual dysfunction and/or infertility
Over time, alcohol consumption can cause problems with blood sugar, central nervous system, and your body’s immune system. Dealing with an alcohol use disorder is not something you have to do alone. At Asana Recovery, we have a team of professionals available to help you overcome your condition. We have an exceptional detox program that is monitored around the clock to ensure patients are safe and as comfortable as possible as harmful substances leave their system.
Both inpatient and outpatient treatments help patients overcome alcohol use disorders and live healthy and happy lives. Call us at (949) 438-4504 to get help today.