What are the signs of a drinking problem? How do these signs differ than from those of alcohol addiction or alcoholism? What should be done if you suspect yourself or someone you love may have a drinking problem? Let’s take a look at these 3 questions.
What are the signs of a drinking problem?
The most typical signs of drinking problems are going to be excessive drinking episodes. Seems obvious, right? But keep in mind that we are looking for someone who drinks too much after they have started drinking on occasion. This is not the same as someone who drinks every single day, or someone who binges for several days straight. This is someone who, sometimes when they do drink, they drink too much alcohol.
Another sign of a drinking may be when a person is drinking more than they really want to drink, or more frequently. For example, someone who normally only drinks on the weekends that has started to incorporate drinking on Thursdays too. Maybe they will eventually add Sunday to their list of approved drinking days.
How do these signs differ than from those of alcohol addiction or alcoholism?
Alcoholism is a more serious pattern of addiction, and the main difference is that the alcoholic will continue to return to alcohol even after suffering major consequences. For example, if someone with a mere “drinking problem” gets a drunk driving violation, they will instantly take drastic action in order to avoid getting a second violation like that. They are not addicted to alcohol and they are not going to risk getting into trouble like that a second time. On the other hand, alcoholics will not be able to just stop drinking and driving based on a drunk driving incident. They will certainly not stop drinking simply due to the event.
What should be done if you suspect yourself or someone you love may have a drinking problem?
One thing you can do is take a test and see if you are really dealing with a drinking problem or whether you may be addicted to alcohol. Another thing you might try is to get some counseling or therapy, as this is generally a good solution for someone who is suffering from a drinking problem but is not yet fully alcoholic. The counselor can also help direct you to the right resources if you need additional help or if you are in greater need of more treatment services.