alcohol use

Alcohol Use Is Widely Accepted

Alcohol.  As Americans we see it advertised in one form or another on TV at home, on billboards driving down the highway, in magazines in the doctor's office, on the radio at the mall, and in many other places.  Alcohol use is generally widely accepted by our society as a common part of recreational and social events. 

In fact, many Americans consume alcohol on occasion and never experience any significant negative effects from their consumption.  However, there are those in society that do have negative consequences as a result of their alcohol use, including marital issues, legal problems, job problems, and the list could go on. 

Signs That Your Alcohol Use Is Becoming a Problem

What were the signs that their use was becoming abnormal and how can you tell if your drinking is becoming problematic?

You drink more than you planned

You drank more than you thought you would, or for longer than you planned on. Having trouble with controlling your drinking may be a warning sign.

Your tolerance has gone up

Your brain adapts to alcohol use over time, making it less sensitive to its effects. Having to drink more and more to feel its effects can indicate an increased tolerance.

You crave alcohol

Your alcohol use may become problematic if you can stop craving it. The urge to drink is hard to stop, especially when triggered by people, places, or things that remind you of drinking. 

You start putting alcohol use first

Problematic alcohol use can affect relationships with loved ones. When drinking starts to come before activities you sed to enjoy, time spent with loved ones or friends, and other responsibilities, these are warning signs. 

Can you answer yes to any of these questions:

  • Do you consume alcohol to get relief from physical pain or emotional worries?
  • Do you frequently argue with your friends or family when you are under the influence of alcohol? 
  • Have your friends or family members expressed concerns about your use of alcohol? 
  • Have you experienced more than two blackouts, or periods of time you do not remember, while under the influence of alcohol? 
  • Have you operated a motor vehicle while intoxicated?  These are common symptoms of early-stage alcoholism. 

You Are Not Alone

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, the good news is that the earlier a person seeks help for their alcohol problem, the more successful that help will be for that person. It may be time to seek help with a professional that is knowledgeable about addiction and its treatment.