In this post, we answer the burning question ‘Am I an Alcoholic?‘ If you have asked this important question, perhaps typing this into a search engine, then what follows could be the most important message you hear this year!
If you have asked ‘Am I an Alcoholic?’ then it is highly likely you are concerned by how much alcohol you currently consume each day. As of November 2015, the UK Government recommends men do not consume more than 3-4 units of alcohol per day. For women, this limit is set at 2-3 units of alcohol per day. This equates to around one strong pint of larger for men or one large glass of wine for women.
If you drink in excess of this amount then you will be putting your health in the face of unnecessary harm. This harm equates to high blood pressures, poor mental health, diabetes and even cancer.
In this post, we list various signs that may mean you suffer from alcoholism. Please do not substitute proper medical advice with the below checklist. If you require further assistance please call Ocean Recovery Centre today on 0203 389 8799.
What is an alcoholic?
At Ocean Recovery Centre we feel an ‘alcoholic’ is somebody who cannot exercise self-control over his or her desire to drink alcohol. ‘Alcoholic’ is really a label for a person who suffers from ‘alcoholism’. ‘Alcoholism’ is also known as ‘alcohol dependency’ or simply ‘alcohol addiction’. Alcoholism involves physical changes to the brain of suffers. This means a number of ‘withdrawal symptoms’ are experienced when alcohol is withdrawn. These withdrawal symptoms mean people suffering from alcoholism require an alcohol detox.
As well as physical symptoms, alcoholism typically involves mental health problems. These mental health problems commonly consist of anxiety and depression, as well as low self-esteem.
Signs of alcoholism
Now we detail some of the more common signs that may mean you suffer from alcoholism. If you drink more than the recommended daily allowance of alcoholic units then it’s not always clear whether you have jumped from problem drinker to alcoholic. Please read the below signs of alcoholism carefully. By the time you have finished reading these signs, you may conclude you do suffer from alcoholism. If this is the case then we strongly urge you to seek out our help by calling us today on 0203 389 8799.
Sign #1: You commonly feel guilty or ashamed about actions you take when under the influence of alcohol.
Sign #2: Following a morning of heavy drinking you wake up feeling sweaty.
Sign #3: Your hands wobble when you do not drink alcohol for more than ten hours. Your hands stop wobbling when you continue to drink alcohol.
Sign #3: You feel powerful anxiety when you awake the morning following a heavy drinking session. This means you struggle to face the world e.g. going to work, tending to family etc. You may even feel scared or depressed.
Sign #4: You drink all of your stockpile of alcohol as fast as you can during a drinking session. You then visit the shops in order to purchase more alcohol. This is a very frequent event.
Sign #5: You experience powerful cravings for alcohol, even following a day of heavy drinking.
Sign #6: Your family, friends and/or colleagues are highly concerned about your drinking.
Sign #7: You commonly wear perfume/aftershave in order to ‘cover up’ your smell of alcohol.
Sign #8: You lie about how much alcohol you drink, especially to loved ones.
Sign #9: You regularly drink more alcohol than you planned to.
Sign #10: You use alcohol in situations where it is illegal and/or dangerous to do so, such as when you drive a vehicle or when you are at work.
Sign #11: Your relationships with loved ones suffer because of your drinking. You may no longer speak to your siblings or parents. Perhaps you’ve split up with a girlfriend or even got divorced because of your drinking.
Sign #12: You’ve built up an incredibly high tolerance to alcohol to the point that people are shocked when you inform them of how much you are capable of drinking.
Sign #13: You express a wish to stop drinking but you simply cannot give in to the ‘cravings’ to continue.
Sign #14: You regularly ‘black out’ following a night of heavy drinking. This means you cannot recall the moments leading up to the blackout until you awake. You often find yourself in risqué places following a blackout such the bed of a total stranger.
Contact Ocean Recovery Centre today
If you suffer than five or more of the above signs of alcoholism then call Ocean Recovery Centre today on 0203 389 8799 and one of our qualified counsellors will walk you through your treatment options.
Posted on Monday, November 23rd, 2015 at 2:52 pm in Alcohol Addiction.