When everybody else is pointing out that there’s a brewing problem concerning your alcohol consumption, it’s high time to assess yourself with classic signs that can determine if you’re becoming addicted to the booze. Johnna Medina, Ph.D. said “According to the DSM-5, a “substance use disorder describes a problematic pattern of using alcohol or another substance that results in impairment in daily life or noticeable distress.”
Asking The Right Questions
- “Am I Becoming An Alcoholic?”
Probably the first question that would pop out from your head is if you’re getting hooked on the sultry, endearing taste of liquor. If somehow you’ve asked yourself countless times if you are an alcoholic, chances are, the answer is, “Yes.” People who bask in the company of one beer every night would ponder about it, similar to those who have “occasional drinks” but would end up crawling out the door or becoming a total mess.
The thing is, being an alcoholic has nothing to do with the amount of liquor that was consumed. Instead, it’s more on how a person’s affair is with drinking. When talking about alcohol abuse, there’s a continuum involved, and it’s not black and white. According to Mark Jacob, M.D. , “You should know that while alcohol often causes a “good mood” at first, it is a central nervous system depressant. Its depressant effects can carry over into one’s mind, being a contributing factor to a person’s continuing depression.”
- “Can I Imagine My Life Without Drinking?”
If it has become difficult for you to answer a resounding, “Yes!” then you’re in big trouble. If you’ve considered alcohol to be part of your life and is something that cannot be omitted during special events or even during gatherings with family or friends, this is a statement that you have a drinking problem.
- “What Is The Ideal Amount?”
According to the dietary guideline set out by the US Department of Health and Human Services, moderate drinking for men is two drinks a day, and for women, it’s one drink a day. On the other hand, low-risk drinking can be defined with women not consuming more than three drinks on any given day and not more than seven a week. With men, low-risk drinking is not consuming four drinks on any given day and not more than 14 a week. Therefore, binge-drinking is anything more than four to five drinks within two hours and can last for months.
Whether you’re taking in too much or too little alcohol, if people start calling your attention about your alcohol intake or if you’re experiencing any of the following classic signs, this should serve as a warning to immediately get diagnosed and get treated.
You Can’t Stop Thinking About It
You obsess about the smell and taste of alcohol to the point that you always look forward to indulging yourself with a glass or two just to satisfy your yearning. When you’re thinking about when the next drink is going to happen while you’re working or spending quality family time, then you’re becoming a viable candidate. People who have established a healthy and normal connection with alcohol do not fantasize about alcoholic beverages in such a manner.
You Transform Into Someone You Barely Know
“You’ve changed,” is one of the most common observations that people around you would say. Addiction has a way to deviate people from their ethics and morals and can instantly transform them into thoughtless, reckless individuals who have no regard for other people’s feelings. Not acting as you used to when you weren’t in too deep with your relationship with alcohol is a red flag that you should not ignore.
You Want More, And You Can’t Seem To Stop
Think way back when you started drinking and compare it to your present level of consumption. Did it significantly change? How often are you drinking? The moment you find out that your drinking has gone up in six months or more, and if you’re finding it quite difficult to discontinue the habit, you’re entering a harmful level of alcohol addiction. The repeated broken promises of limiting alcohol intake are just one of the classic signs that you’re far down the rabbit hole.
It’s never too late to seek professional guidance. But first, you must agree with the people around you while admitting to yourself that you indeed have an alcohol problem and you have to get treated so things won’t get worse. Even if you still have doubts that you have become a full-fledged alcohol addict, there are a lot of options that you can take into consideration to be in control of your brewing problem.
Still, if you wanted to assess your alcohol abuse personally, you can take a 30-day off from drinking any alcoholic beverage. If the abstinence becomes a struggle and you find yourself in a rut, is agitated, and is desperate to get just one drink, then it’s best to seek help. “Most addiction treatment is focused on helping a person overcome the addiction through psychotherapy,” quoted John M. Grohol, Psy.D.