21 Signs You Might Have A Drinking Problem

Because addiction is complex, it’s not always clear for individuals with the condition, or for those around them, to know they’ve developed a drinking problem. In many cases, denial can keep a person from realizing their alcoholic tendencies even as it ruins their life and destroys their health.

A study this year, funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), found that about one-third of adults in the United States have alcohol use disorder (AUD), and that only 20 percent of those with AUD ever seek treatment. While there are numerous reasons such a low percentage of people seek treatment for alcoholism, at least some of them might not realize they have it.

Signs of a Drinking Problem

What Are the Signs Your Drinking May Be a Problem?

1. You’ve built up a tolerance and it takes more alcohol to feel the effects

2. You notice that your friends can’t drink nearly as much as you can

3. Your parents or other relatives have drinking problems

4. You’ve had one or more DUIs and still continue to drink and drive

5. Your emotions rise to the surface when you’re drinking and you’re unable to control them

6. You realize when you’re not drinking, you’re not happy, and it takes a few drinks to get back in a good mood

7. You’re always able to find money for alcohol, even when you can’t pay your bills

8. Whenever there’s a problem in your life, your first instinct is to have a drink

9. Your relationships with family and friends are suffering due to drinking

10. Frequent hangovers have you calling in sick to work on a regular basis

11. You find yourself lying about drinking or hiding how much you drink

12. Instead of having a drink or two, you always binge drink

13. You have patchy spots in your memory or blackout after drinking

14. You engage in risky behavior while drinking, such as driving drunk, fighting or sexual behavior you wouldn’t normally engage in

15. All the signs you have a problem are present, but you continue to deny that there’s any problem

16. You’re constantly checking the time to see if it’s happy hour yet

17. Every picture of you on social media shows you with a drink in your hand

18. You only hangout with people who like to drink or you plan your social life around alcohol

19. Your drinking has taken a toll on your physical health, changed your appearance, and you still continue to drink

20. When you start drinking, you can’t stop and you always want “one more” drink

21. You regularly experience not only physical withdrawal after drinking, but also emotional issues, such as depression and anxiety

Some people have experienced Alcohol Use Disorder and have been able to come through it on their own. However, a greater number of individuals that develop alcoholism won’t get better without treatment and support of some kind. If you regularly experience one or more of the above signs, but aren’t sure if you have an alcohol drinking problem, it might be time to see a specialist.

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21 Signs You Might Have A Drinking Problem
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It's important to identify the signs you or someone you know might have a problem with alcohol. Here are 21 signs of a drinking problem.
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