How to Tell if You’re Addicted to Alcohol

Many people love to have a drink every now and then. In this modern day, a common means of socialization is going out and drinking with friends. It is also quite a usual means of breaking the ice for new friends. Drinking a little tends to loosen you up if you find it hard to talk to someone new. This is all well and good, but when does social drinking become an addiction? When does drinking just for pleasure become a threat to your health? Here are a few tips on how to know if you have a drinking problem.

What is Your Conscience Telling You?

How do you feel before you go to drink? When you pick up a bottle, what does the voice inside you say? If it’s making you feel guilty, you may have a drinking problem. If you find yourself making excuses, like you just had a rough day, then your subconscious might be trying to hide the fact that you are addicted. If you were not then there would be no need for a reason to drink, would there? If either of these things is true for you, then perhaps you should try to lay off it a little just in case.

Are You Trying to Hide When You Drink?

When you feel like drinking, do you go off on your own? When you’re out with your friends, do you drink differently? Do you find yourself telling them you drink less than you actually do? If these things are true, you may be trying to hide from your addiction. You may be aware to some degree that you have a drinking problem; this is why you hide it from others, so they won’t try to help you. If this is true, let someone know so they can watch over you when you drink.

Do You Feel the ‘Need’ for Alcohol?

When it comes time for you to relax, what is the first thing you do? Do you head for a book or just chill on your couch, or do you go straight for the booze? If you find that you cannot relax without alcohol, then there is a high chance that you have become quite addicted to it. Try your best to find ways to relax without it. There is nothing wrong with enjoying a nice icy beer every now and then, so long as you don’t need it in order to relax at all!

Do You Ever Have ‘Blackouts?’

The most alarming sign that you are addicted to alcohol is if you are consistently forgetting what happened or what you did while you were drinking. If this happens to you more often than not when you drink, you are highly addicted to alcohol and should probably lay off it as best you can. As I said, there is nothing wrong with having a beer or a stronger drink every now and then, but your health must come before your pleasure!

For more adiction stories, read Alex’s story at The Recovery Republic