Although it can be a complicated process discovering whether someone you love has a drinking problem, there are some behaviors that serve as fairly clear indicators of a problem. If someone is drinking for the sole reason of getting drunk, or drinking to avoid or hide from their problems, then they may have an issue with alcohol. Concealing alcohol around the house or work generally indicates a problem, as well as extreme restlessness and irritability when not able to drink. Other indicators include trouble at work, school or with the law, as well as a loss of interest in hobbies or activities the person was previously enjoying.
Behaviors that point to a drinking problem include an increased tolerance to alcohol, and adverse physical effects when not under the influence of alcohol. These include nausea, shaking, sweating, and irritability.
Abstinence Only?It’s possible that someone with alcohol use disorder to decrease their drinking, however it generally isn’t long lasting. If someone’s drinking has progressed into alcoholism, and they are now dependent on alcohol, then it is almost impossible. If you’re loved one attempts to quit drinking completely after being physically dependent on alcohol, they could become incredibly sick, and even die. This is why medical Alcohol detox is usually recommended for people with a physical addiction to alcohol.
Is Alcohol Always Unsafe?Used in moderation, alcohol has been shown to be beneficial to health. Drinking small amounts of alcohol is correlated with lower levels and prevalence of heart disease, dementia, and stroke. That being said, excessive use is linked to a wide variety of negative and potentially fatal health consequences, with the positive benefits of drinking correlated to the consumption of no more than 4-8 ounces each day.
Can I Drink While Pregnant?Drinking while pregnant poses a high risk to the unborn child. Mothers who drink heavily put their child at the most risk, and greatly increase their chances of causing developmental and medical problems to the child. Even smaller amounts of alcohol are linked to such problems, so it’s safe to conclude that there isn’t any safe amount of drinking while pregnant.
Treatment for Alcohol Abuse Watching a family member or loved suffer the devastating consequences of alcohol abuse can be a heartbreaking process. The inability of the person to quit drinking, let alone even address that they may have a problem, goes far beyond frustration and worry. In addition to affecting the person who is abusing alcohol, addition branches out to everyone in that person’s life, and takes a toll on anyone who cares about the addict.
If someone in your life is in need of treatment for alcohol abuse, the Northbound Treatment Services can help. Northbound offers a 12 Step model rooted in evidence-based treatment, and provides a comprehensive approach that helps treat the addiction, as well as any co-occurring disorders, like depression or anxiety. Family therapy is also provided, which helps strengthen the bonds that were weakened during active addiction, and gives family members a safe environment to express their concerns.
In addition to inpatient residential treatment, Northbound provides gender-specific care, our Christian LINKS faith based recovery approach, and CORE programs designed to help our clients continue with their careers and education. Northbound also offer aftercare and alumni programs to offer our clients continued support even after they have graduated.