Alcohol addiction is a real public health problem in many countries, as it costs the lives of millions of people around the world and is also linked to various phenomena that constitute a social problem, such as accidents in the body. the road or domestic violence.
This dependence appears in increasingly younger people in Spain, which poses an even greater threat to the health of citizens.
However, the normalization of alcohol consumption means that in many cases it is difficult to identify the beginnings of addiction to this substance. Therefore, in this article we will see what they are the main warning signs of alcoholism.
What are the main warning signs in alcoholics?
Alcohol abuse has been one of the most common addictive behaviors in the world since it is based on the consumption of an easily obtainable medicine in almost all countries, and whose consumption is legal and highly standardized in most cultures.
Like most addictions, it is a very harmful disorder for the person who suffers from it, which gradually increases the destructive effects on the affected person and can be fatal if not treated in time by the addiction. support for healthcare professionals.
In this regard, let’s take a look at a list of the most common warning signs that can help detect the development of alcohol dependence in himself, friends or family. Of course, they do not all have to be given at once, and in some cases the existence of just one does not imply that there is an addition; the definitive diagnosis can only be made by professionals.
1. Mood swings
Frequent mood swings in the affected person, especially irritability, mood swings, and mood swings, are often a useful sign for detecting conditions such as addiction, such as it binds to the “monkey” after several hours of non-consumption.
If this situation persists over time, the alcoholic also tends to develop aggressive behavior towards those around him, especially at times when he does not have access to alcohol.
2. Changing habits related to alcohol consumption
Another warning sign that can point to alcohol addiction is changing habits and customs about when alcohol is consumed, such as drinking at times that were not drunk before, either very early in the morning or very late in the morning.
Likewise, changing the daily schedules to have time to drink, drink alone, or get together with some friendships just to drink can also be a clear sign that we are dealing with a case of alcoholism.
3. Check the available alcohol
Alcoholics often have obsessive control over the alcohol supply in their home. Likewise, when preparing for a trip, they also usually check in advance whether they will have alcohol at their destination.
The obsession with whether or not alcohol is available at all times, as well as symptoms of annoyance or anger when it is not available are also fairly clear signs of a possible case of alcoholism.
4. Hide alcohol at home
In this regard, with regard to the obsession with available alcohol, alcoholics also tend to hide alcohol reserves in various parts of their home (s) to consume it later.
This custom has a dual function; on the one hand, to ensure a supply of alcohol at home in the future and, on the other hand, to hide from other members of the family the addiction problem they suffer from.
There are many ways to deceive alcoholics, and all of them are a good indicator that there is a real problem with indiscriminate drinking.
Permanent self-justification on one’s own excesses, considering that if one does not get very drunk “does not count as having consumed alcohol” or denies having a problem by pointing out that other people have a more established addiction, are some of the most common examples. classic.
6. Altered relationships
Alcoholism causes an overall deterioration in the life of the sufferer, and this wear and tear occurs both at the personal and physiological level and at the level of one’s own interpersonal relationships.
Both alcoholics and family and partner relationships are often affected in several ways, either by the person’s mood swings or by situations of violence and aggression, or by the incompatibility of lifestyles.
7. Shake state without clear external triggers
One of the essential characteristics of alcohol addiction is withdrawal syndrome, characterized by a series of internal and external physical symptoms present in the person in the event of not having access to an alcoholic beverage for a period of time that goes beyond what usually happens between consumption and consumption.
Some of these physical reactions characteristic of withdrawal syndrome are excessive sweating, nausea, tremors or chills.
8. Labor problems
In addition to affecting the personal environment of the sufferer, alcoholism also often has a direct impact on their professional or work environment.
Lack of performance or productivity, loss of ability to concentrate and relate to colleagues are some of the signs of an addiction problem.
9. Increased tolerance
Alcohol dependence also leads to increased tolerance to this substance; That means the affected person needs an increasing dose to achieve the same intoxicating effect.
Another good way to tell if a person has a drinking problem is the urge to drink more and more gradually.
10. School failure (in the case of the youngest)
In the case of alcoholism in adolescents or minors, a very common indicator that a case of alcoholism may face is the significant drop in school performance.
It is important to note that school or school failure can be both a trigger for alcohol consumption from an early age as well as a warning signal that must be taken into account on its own.
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