Alcoholism Symptoms

Some people do not realize they have a problem with alcohol. They might not drink every single day and might not even drink large quantities or get drunk when they choose to drink. Some people go days and weeks between taking drinks and considered “social drinkers”. But even though they don’t drink often there is still the possibility of abuse and addiction to alcohol.  Below are the alcoholism symptoms to be aware of.

Alcoholism symptoms begin with the abuse of alcohol. Here are some of the symptoms of abuse.

  1. The person is having problems at their school or work due to drinking. Odds are they are being late or absent, their job performance or schoolwork has diminished and even possibly getting injured at work.
  2. They will drink in dangerous situations such as before or while riding a motorcycle or driving a car. If they do construction work they drink before or during work putting themselves and others in danger working with heavy equipment.
  3. They have blackouts. This means they were driving, at a restaurant, talking on the phone even just walking down the street and have no memory of it whatsoever due to drinking.
  4. End up with legal problems due to their drinking.
  5. They get hurt or hurt someone else while driving while drinking.
  6. They continue to drink knowing the alcohol is hurting their body and making previous health issues worse.
  7. Family members, friends and co-workers are worried about their drinking.


Here are the alcoholism symptoms that show a person has become addicted to it.

  1. They cannot stop drinking or control the amount they drink no matter how hard they try. They drink more often and larger amounts than they want to.
  2. They have to drink greater quantities of alcohol to get the same affect.
  3. They have withdrawal symptoms when they stop drinking. These symptoms involve nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, cold chills and sweats, anxiety and possible seizures.
  4. They spend a lot of time drinking and having to recover from their drinking. They have started to individuate from other people and activities so they can drink.
  5. They have unsuccessfully been able to cut back their drinking or quit.
  6. They continue to drink despite the fact they are ruining relationships with family and friends.
  7. They drink in the morning, drink alone or stay drunk for extended periods of time.
  8. They feel guilty after drinking.
  9. They make excuses for their drinking and try to hide their drinking even going so far as to buy alcohol at different stores each time.
  10. They worry they are going to run out of alcohol and not be able to replace it before the stores will be closed.
  11. They will have physical signs of alcohol addiction such as weight loss, a sore and/or upset stomach or redness of the nose and cheeks.
If a majority of these alcoholism symptoms are present, the time to start seeking out help for their alcohol addiction is now.