I Don’t Always Drink a Lot: Can I Still Be an Alcoholic?

I Don't Always Drink a Lot - Can I Still Be an Alcoholic?The signs of alcoholism that many may be familiar with are not always upfront and visible. Television, movies and even cartoons have shown alcoholics to be bumbling goofs who are rarely seen without some form of alcohol in hand. However the reality of alcohol addiction can look a lot different from what fiction may lead us to believe.

What If I Don’t Drink That Often?

The following are some of the signs of alcoholism that you might not recognize as being signs of this illness:

  • Alcohol is used as a means to relax after a particularly stressful day at work
  • Alcohol is used as a means of making a situation seem fun
  • Using excuses to justify alcohol consumption
  • Legal trouble related to drinking such as a DUI or charges related to public intoxication
  • Regular routines for drinking each day
  • An insistence that life is better with alcohol

These may seem like relatively benign symptoms, but alcohol use will escalate if an abuse or addiction problem is ignored. More symptoms and more severe symptoms will begin to emerge. A regular drinker may find that he or she experiences the following symptoms of alcoholism:

  • Feeling shaky, dizzy, and nervous when unable to drink
  • Frequent headaches
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting
  • Missing periods of time due to blackouts

If your alcohol use has become overwhelming or if you are beginning to question your drinking habits, it is time to consider an alcohol rehabilitation program. An alcohol treatment facility will help you to work through your addiction and the underlying mental and emotional concerns that may have led you to begin drinking. An outpatient program may be sufficient, if you catch the signs early enough, or you may find that you will benefit most from a stay in an inpatient recovery center.

Getting Quality Alcohol Rehabilitation Care

Getting quality addiction treatment is an essential part of your sustainable sobriety. Call our toll-free alcohol recovery helpline to speak with a compassionate and knowledgeable counselor. We are here 24 hours a day to help you recognize alcohol addiction, confront it and move forward from this difficult point in your life. You can learn how to stop drinking, and we are here to encourage and support you along the way.

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