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How to Recognize the Signs of Alcoholism


If you think that your loved one may be an alcoholic, it can be difficult to know what to do. You don’t want to overreact to someone’s normal drinking habits, but you want to encourage action if there’s a problem.

Knowing the signs of alcoholism can help you know when to intervene and when to let it go. If you see any of these signs, there may be a problem.

Lying About or Hiding Alcohol Use

If you catch your loved one hiding their alcohol use or lying about how much they drink, that’s a definite sign that there’s a problem. Denial is a common problem with alcoholics, and it can be hard to spot.

If you catch your relative or friend in a lie about alcohol, don’t let them just blow it off. Pay attention to this key sign that they may be alcoholic.

Experiencing Blackouts or Memory Loss

If your loved one is drinking enough that they experience blackouts or memory loss, it’s not a sign of having a good time. It’s a sign of a problem.

Drinking at this level of excess is a sign of not being able to deal with the usual stresses and activities of daily life in a healthy way. If your friend or relative has this issue, encourage them to reach out for help.

Mood Swings or Irritability

Having mood swings or extreme irritability is a sign that someone’s mental health is struggling, which can be an effect of alcoholism. This is especially true if your loved one is angry or combative when asked about their drinking habits.

If you notice your relative or friend being inexplicably moody or angry, it’s a sign that there’s a problem. When combined with heavy drinking, it’s a sign that alcohol is the issue.

Continuing to Drink Despite Problems

Drinking alcohol can cause a variety of problems, from legal issues to broken relationships. Many times these issues serve as a wake-up call, allowing someone to realize they are drinking to excess and need to change.

If your loved one has experienced problems as the result of using alcohol but continues to drink heavily, it’s a compelling sign that there’s a problem with alcoholism.

If you believe that your loved one has a problem with alcohol, it’s important to encourage them to get help. At Luminance, we are focused on helping people as they walk down the road to recovery from alcoholism. With compassion and state-of-the-art care, we’ll make sure your loved one gets the support they need.

We can be reached online or by calling 714-408-9609. Encourage your loved one to contact us for confidential help today – life can completely change with a single phone call.

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