Since you found your way over to this website, I can only assume that you’re looking to learn the signs of a drinking problem for one or two reasons.
The first reason is you believe you have a drinking problem, and you’re doing your due diligence to try and confirm it. The second reason is a special person in your life seems to be drinking a little too often, and you’d like to determine if they actually have a drinking problem.
Both of those reasons are fairly serious. Obviously, the drinking is somewhat out of control if you are concerned. These people have to be showing some signs of a drinking problem, because you wouldn’t be here otherwise.
With that said, I’d like to share the most prevalent signs to stay on the lookout for. You can use these signs to determine if you are an alcoholic, or if somebody you care about has a problem with drinking. They will work either way.
Let’s delve more deeply into the signs right now…
The Individual Is Unable to Limit the Amount of Alcohol That They Consume
If you are the one potentially struggling with the drinking problem, then this is going to be relatively easy to confirm.
Ask yourself this question, “When I go out drinking or drink at home, can I cut myself off at any given moment?”
If the answer is no, then you are definitely exhibiting one of the signs of a drinking problem. So it would be in your best interest to check into more of these signs to help really solidify whether this is true or not.
If you are trying to determine whether someone else has a drinking problem or not, then you need to pay close attention the next time you see them drinking.
Ask them if they have a specific time they need to be home. If they say they will stop drinking at a certain time and go home for the night, and then they don’t do it, then it’s very possible they are suffering from a drinking problem.
This should help the outside observer determine whether someone in their life has struggled with alcoholism or not.
Let’s take a look at another one of the signs of a drinking problem right now…
The Individual Feels a Compulsion or Strong Need to Drink
Just like with our first sign of a drinking problem, this is a lot easier to determine if you are evaluating yourself. Make sure you are being 100% honest with yourself. Otherwise answering these questions has no meaning whatsoever.
Again, I would like you to ask yourself a question. The question is, “Do I normally feel compelled to drink, even when I do not want to?”
If you answered yes to this question, and you answered yes to the first question, it’s really starting to look like the signs of a drinking problem are very real for you, and you may be struggling with an addiction to alcohol.
It wouldn’t hurt to continue going over the rest of the signs, but it’s starting to seem more and more like drinking is an issue for you.
If you are evaluating another person to try and determine whether they are an alcoholic or not, then you can either ask this person or pay attention to their actions.
Here’s the thing about asking a potential alcoholic whether or not they feel compelled to drink…
They probably aren’t going to be 100% truthful with you. There is a common saying in Alcoholics Anonymous that goes like this… “If their lips are moving, they are lying.”
So coming out and asking a potential alcoholic if they are suffering from one of the signs of a drinking problem may not be effective. If you happen to know that this person tells the truth, then you may be able to believe them. Otherwise, there may only be some truth to the answer that they ultimately give.
On the other hand, you can watch this individual and look for certain habits that could point to this sign in the affirmative.
The way you do this is simple…
- Do they often order more than one drink for themselves in a crowded bar?
- Do they often stock up on liquor for even the smallest, most intimate of occasions?
- Does this person often gulp down their drinks?
- Does this person have ritualistic drinking tendencies that they never miss? (Ex. They go to the bar every day after work to drink a six-pack without fail.)
With this particular type of the signs of a drinking problem, you really need to begin paying attention to the person’s habits and mannerisms. That’s the only way you’ll be able to tell if they feel compelled to drink. You have to watch out for their actions.
The final sign we will touch upon is…
The Individual Has Developed a Strong Tolerance for Alcohol and They Need More of This Substance in Order to Feel the Effects
In sticking with a very common theme of this essay, if you are evaluating yourself, you will know whether or not this is an issue for you. Just please do not lie to yourself.
Ask yourself this question, “Have I developed a tolerance for alcohol, and need more of it in order to get drunk?”
There are other signs of a drinking problem, but the three signs in this article are some of the most telling. If you experience all three of these, then I recommend you get help from some type of a treatment program.
If you are evaluating another person, just start counting the empties. If they drink beer, do you notice more and more empty beer bottles or cans accumulating after a drinking binge?
If they are drinking liquor, do you notice the liquor bottles emptying quicker than usual?
That’s about it for today…
When you notice these three signs of a drinking problem in yourself or someone you care about, it’s time to get help from a qualified treatment program, so they have a chance at getting and staying sober.