You may think that spotting that your loved one has a problem with alcohol is easy, but it is not. People struggling with alcohol dependency can be very good at concealing that they have a problem, and may not even be willing to admit that they have a problem themselves, much less to the people they are closest to.
People dealing with alcoholism need help in order to loosen the grip that alcohol has on their lives. Here are 4 signs that your loved one may be dealing with alcoholism.
Alcohol abuse can be something of a vicious circle. People struggling with alcohol dependency will drink, then feel awful while recovering, then they will drink to feel better, and so on. If this pattern of behavior sounds familiar, then your loved one may have an issue.
People suffering from alcohol addiction may try to hide their drinking because they don’t want to admit that they have a problem, or because they feel if their ‘heavy’ drinking is discovered people will put a stop to it. If your loved one is hiding alcohol, drinking alone without telling anyone or drinking at odd times of the day, then this can be taken as a warning sign.
Many people may drink too much every so often, but if a loved one’s drinking is causing repeated problems in their life, yet they don’t want to stop, then this is a sign of worrying behavior.
Having hobbies and interests is important when one is seeking to establish a work-life balance and to enjoy a fulfilled life. If your loved one is eschewing their hobbies and interests because they now prefer to go to a bar, or they cannot enjoy their hobbies because they feel too poorly after habitual drinking sessions, then this is something to be aware of.
If you or a loved one is dealing with an alcohol problem, then feel free to reach out to our team at The Forrester Center today. We can be reached by phone at (864) 582 7588 or you can email us using our online contact form.
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