Is that person an alcoholic or a social drinker? You have probably asked yourself this question one too many times, especially when you are hanging out with friends. On the surface, you may have a hard time figuring out whether or not this person has definitive mental problem or simply makes bad lifestyle choices. Once you start to peel back the layers and take a closer look at your friend, however, you will definitely be able to tell the difference between a nasty habit and a definitive sickness. So, what are the best ways to tell if your friend is an alcoholic? Let’s take a closer look and find out.
Able to Cut Back on Drinking
If you want to figure out if your friend is a problem drinker, the first step you need to take is (if you are feeling courageous enough) to ask them if they have ever tried to stop drinking. Some people (even ones who don’t suffer from alcohol use disorder) may be hesitant to tell the truth, so the answer “no” may hold no value in this situation. If your friend says “yes,” though, this is a clear sign they do have an underlying issue or have continued to make bad choices. Also, if your friend tells you he has tried to cut back and has never been successful, this is your first hint that he might be an alcohol abuser or alcoholic.
Can’t Take the Heat
Of course, another indicator that your friend might be an alcoholic is her inability to take criticism. For instance, if you were to tell your friend that she is drinking too much alcohol and she lashes out, this could be a sign of an underlying mental issue. At many times, alcohol abusers and alcoholics will become very sensitive and defensive about their unruly habits. On that note, though, do not put a lot of weight on their responses while they are drunk. When people are intoxicated, they tend to say strange things and behave in an aggressive or uncoordinated manner.
Seeking Treatment for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Alcohol is a nationwide problem that (in all honesty) does not appear to be losing steam, especially when you take a look at this drug’s popularity in public venues. Booze has become as much of an American icon as New York hot dogs and football, which is not exactly the best prospect when you consider that millions of U.S. children, teens, and adults are exposed to booze on a daily basis. The good news is that you can easily find a way to help your friend overcome their addictive or abusive behavior, if you know where to look.
Are you suffering from a severe case of alcohol use disorder? Do you have a friend or a family member who is coping with one of these issues, as well? On both accounts, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the painful process of alcohol withdrawal and detox and guide you along the rocky road of rehabilitation. Soon enough, you will experience a faster and much more efficient recovery.
If you want to find out more about our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs or enroll in one of these programs today, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your leisure and your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how you can overcome your mental illness and take an extra step toward breaking your connection with alcohol.