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How To Know If Someone Has Drinking Problem

It can be complicated whether someone has a drinking problem or they like to drink alcohol. So how is that determination made? There are questions to help find the answer to “do I have a drinking problem?” If you think you might have a drinking problem, have an assessment done by a professional. In the meantime, here are some questions to consider:

Here is a list of the eleven critical signs of a drinking problem;

  1. Cravings for alcohol
  2. Loss of control
  3. Dependence
  4. Drinking alone or in secret
  5. Being unable to limit the amount of alcohol consumed
  6. Losing interest in activities and hobbies that used to bring pleasure
  7. Feeling the need or compulsion to drink
  8. Irritability when your usual drinking time nears, especially if alcohol isn’t available
  9. Keeping alcohol in unlikely places at home, at work, or in the car
  10. Having legal problems or problems with relationships, employment, or finances
  11. Experiencing physical withdrawal symptom


According to the Mayo Clinic, defines a drinking problem as:

  • A pattern of alcohol use that involves controlling your drinking
  • Being preoccupied with alcohol
  • Continuing to use alcohol even when it causes problems
  • Need to drink more to get the same effect
  • Have withdrawal symptoms when you rapidly decrease or stop drinking

People who drink too much are more likely to suffer from depression. Conversely, people who have a mental illness, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety attacks, or bipolar disorder are more likely to self-medicate with alcohol and develop a dependency or addiction.

Health Risks

Physically, alcohol is part of a vast number of deadly diseases. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence includes some of the following health risks:

  • Cancers, such as liver, mouth, throat, larynx, and esophagus
  • Pancreatitis
  • Cardiovascular issues, such as high blood pressure and heart attacks
  • Dementia
  • Increased risk for strokes
  • Greater likelihood for unintentional injuries, such as car crashes, falls, and drowning

There’s no shortage of information on the negative consequences of excessive alcohol consumption. A simple internet search on alcoholism will link to page after page of statistics and analysis. In addition, several prominent therapists and healthcare professionals suggest that instead of worrying about the label “alcoholic,” honestly examine your habits and relationship to alcohol.

If you suspect you have issues because of alcohol, alcoholism might be a factor. However, it’s important to remember that help is available, and people of all different races, genders, and walks of life have overcome their struggle and addiction to alcohol.

The popular 12-step belief holds that alcoholism is a lifelong, progressive sickness. In contrast, a survey by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) found that nearly 40 percent of people that developed an addiction to alcohol more than one year in the past fully recovered.

Even with advances in medical technology and a better understanding of alcoholism than ever before, excessive alcohol use remains the leading cause of preventable death in the United States.

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