Alcohol addiction symptoms: Five common signs

It can be hard to determine if someone you know has an alcohol use disorder, and even harder to assess if you yourself have an addiction to the drug.

One of the hurdles to recognising problem drinking (alcoholism) is that alcohol use affects everyone differently, and there is no one-size-fits-all definition when it comes to what constitutes alcohol addiction. However, there are several signs and symptoms that may indicate that you have an alcohol use disorder.

Five common signs to spot alcohol addiction

1. You find it difficult to control your drinking

You may have trouble stopping after one or two drinks and find yourself drinking more than you intended to.

2. You have developed a tolerance to alcohol

This means that you need to drink more alcohol to feel the same effects that you used to get with smaller amounts.

3. You experience withdrawal symptoms when you stop drinking

While this can differ from person to person, potential withdrawal symptoms from stopping drinking can include shaking, sweating, nausea, and anxiety.

4. You continue to drink despite the negative consequences

You may have experienced negative consequences related to your drinking, such as legal or financial problems, health issues, or relationship difficulties, but you continue to drink anyway.

5. You prioritize drinking over other activities

You may find that you spend more time drinking than engaging in other activities that you used to enjoy, or perhaps that you feel you should do first but don’t.

Alcohol addiction treatment

If you are concerned about your drinking habits or think you may have an alcohol use disorder, it’s important to talk to a health professional. They can help you assess the severity of your alcohol use disorder and provide treatment recommendations that are tailored to your specific needs.

Windsor House Private (WHP) seeks to empower clients to live with freedom from substance abuse including alcohol misuse.

We care for clients that have completed their initial acute detoxification from alcohol and drugs and are looking to engage in treatment in a safe and compassionate environment.

Our therapeutic community, capped at 12 residents and supported by our team, creates a caring and nurturing space in which clients commonly establish self-awareness of behaviours that can build capacity to lead lives that are safe and content.

For a private, confidential chat, feel free to contact the team at Windsor House Private.

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