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Am I Addicted to Alcohol?

am i addicted to alcohol - man hands with alcohol - great oaks recovery centerWhen it comes to drugs and alcohol, one is more socially accepted than the other.

Drinking alcohol, whether while out with friends or at home while watching a game or movie, is relatively acceptable. When a person’s drinking becomes excessive, either in amount, frequency, or both, a question often arises: Am I addicted to alcohol?

There are different categories of drinking, including moderate alcohol consumption, binge drinking, and heavy drinking/problem drinking. While a clear boundary is not always readily identifiable, a person can usually fit themselves into one of these categories. The question “Am I addicted to alcohol?” usually comes about when a person is problem drinking.

Alcohol addiction refers to being dependent on alcohol. Addiction can be either physical, psychological, or both.

If you or someone you know is concerned about alcoholism, here are some warning signs.

  • Do you hide your drinking or lie about it?
  • Are you unable to control your drinking once you have started?
  • Do you feel like you have to drink to feel better and take the edge the off?
  • Do you black out when you drink?
  • Are you having relationship difficulties?
  • Are you neglecting work and family responsibilities?
  • Have you driven intoxicated and wrecked or been pulled over?
  • Do you experience withdrawal symptoms when you try to quit drinking?
  • Are you having money problems?
  • Have you tried to stop drinking altogether without success?

If you can answer yes to some or all of these questions, it might be time to speak to someone about your drinking. Relating to the above questions does not automatically mean you are suffering from addiction, but they can help you decide whether or not it is time to seek help. There are countless excellent programs available to help you make a change for the better!

If you or someone you love is in need of alcohol or drug treatment, contact our Texas detox rehab center anytime, at (713) 769-0102. We are here to help.