Signs of Problem Drinking
Individuals struggling with problem drinking may experience one or more of the following:
- Tolerance (more is needed to get the same effect).
- Decreasing academic performance as a result of drinking.
- Negative social consequences as a result of drinking.
- Lifestyle changes to accommodate use.
- Choosing friends based on drinking behavior.
- Drinking alone.
- Rationalizing alcohol use to friends.
- Not remembering things one did while intoxicated.
- Desire to control, or unsuccessful efforts to control excessive drinking.
- Getting angry when confronted about drinking.
Symptoms of Alcohol Dependence:
Neglect of Activities—Important social, occupational, or recreational activities are given up or reduced because of alcohol use;
Excessive Use—Alcohol is consumed in larger amounts over a longer period than intended;
Impaired control—Ongoing, unsuccessful efforts to cut down or control alcohol consumption;
Persistence of Use—Alcohol consumption is continued despite knowledge of having a persistent or recurrent physical or psychological problem that is likely caused or exacerbated by alcohol;
Alcohol Related Activities—A great deal of time is spent in activities necessary to obtain, use or recover from the effects of alcohol;
Withdrawal—Withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea, sweating, shakiness, and anxiety when alcohol use is stopped after a period of heavy drinking;
Tolerance—The need for increasing amounts of alcohol in order to feel its effects.