Syptoms of Alcoholism

The symptoms of alcoholism are easy to spot if you know what you are looking for.

First, alcoholism is defined by the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2010 as a chronic disorder characterized by dependence on alcohol, repeated excessive use of alcoholic beverages, the development of withdrawal symptoms on reducing or ceasing intake, morbidity that may include cirrhosis of the liver, and decreased ability to function socially and vocationally.

Symptom also defined by Random House is a phenomenon that arises from and accompanies a particular disease or disorder and serves as an indication of it.

Before the symptoms of alcoholism occur there are the signs of alcoholism. Early signs of alcoholism can include becoming intoxicated frequently, and having a pattern of heavy drinking and even drinking in dangerous situations, such as driving. Other early signs of alcoholism include black-out drinking or a drastic change in demeanor while drinking. An example of this would be to become angry and even violent on many occasions.

Before a person becomes addicted to alcohol they will abuse alcohol. The main symptom for alcohol abuse is when the person drinks knowing they won’t be able to stop. They will continue to drink knowing the trouble it is going to cause them. When a person continues to drink after it causes them to miss work putting their job in jeopardy, drive drunk, let their responsibilities fall to the wayside or get in trouble with the law is considered alcohol abuse.

Abusing alcohol long enough will lead a person to become addicted to it and start showing the symptoms of alcoholism. For someone who is addicted to alcohol, the symptoms include all of those associated with alcohol abuse as described above. But alcoholics also continue to drink in spite of all the problems it has caused in their lives.

When alcohol abuse turns to alcohol addiction, the person also experiences at least three of seven other symptoms, including not participating in and neglecting day to day activities, excessive use of alcohol, impaired control of alcohol consumption, persistence of alcohol use, always participating in activities that focus on alcohol and if not focused on alcohol having nothing to do with them, withdrawal symptoms when not drinking or having enough alcohol in their symptoms and tolerance of alcohol.

A big indicator that someone has become addicted to alcohol along with the other symptoms of alcoholism is they will individuate from family and friends. They know they have become addicted to alcohol and are either embarrassed of the fact or in denial of it and do not want to be around others who will make them feel guilty just by their presence. They will continue to individuate until they decide to confront their problem or a family member or friends tell them all the symptoms of alcoholism they are showing and gets them to get help.