Alcohol is served in a bunch of places. We enjoy a cold beer on a hot summer day, a glass of wine with a nice meal, margaritas with friends…and it’s all delicious and fun. However, do you know when it is time to put the bottle down? It’s good to understand the facts about alcoholism, just to keep things in perspective and under control whether for you, a family member or a friend.
Signs of alcoholism can be blacking out from drinking, frequent intoxication, mood changes while drinking, driving under the influence, drinking in the morning or when you are alone, having to drink more than you used to for the same effect, always having to drink more than one, or finding that alcohol or hangovers are beginning to affect your job, family or school.
A common mistake people make is to think that all alcoholics live in isolation and their lives have completely fallen apart. In reality, you don’t have to suffer big setbacks to be an alcoholic. Many people are high functioning – with good jobs, lots of friends and no setbacks – yet still abuse alcohol. This is also dangerous because eventually heavy drinking will also catch up to them.
Alcohol, when consumed in moderation, can definitely be a very nice addition to a night out, a party or just when winding down after work, but it is important to be careful and treat alcohol with respect. Alcoholism can lead to weight gain, abnormal behavior, depression, insomnia and serious health issues, so drink responsibly.