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How An Alcoholic Can Tell When Enough Is Enough

Updated on October 25, 2012


Are there any tell tail signs to an alcoholic when the time has arrived to give up the drink? How an alcoholic can tell when enough is enough is different with each individual.

Some alcoholic think it is never enough and just continue on their journey to the road of self destruction and then there are those that know it is time to quit drinking alcohol and that they have had enough, but are having a hard time figuring out how to go about changing their life and becoming clean and sober.

They have always depended on the addiction to alcohol to make some of their unwise decisions and when it come to saying goodbye to those alcohol demons they tend to be a little frightened.

They have lived with their demons of alcohol for some time and to just say goodbye is a tough thing to do for many, but not all.


I'll try to gather my tell tail signs when I knew enough was enough when it came down to my addiction to alcohol, but first, when the alcoholic says to themselves enough is enough it has to be genuine and from their heart that they truly want to change their lives for the better and only they want to quit drinking and not doing it because they are forced into it or threatened to quit drinking. Once they have honestly said to them self they need and want to quit drinking is only then that they will succeed on their road to sobriety.

  • Families and friends start to become distant to the alcoholic.
  • People start to become short and to the point to avoid any lengthy conversations with the alcoholic.
  • Many will start to question your addiction and start asking family members, do you have a problem with alcohol.
  • Hiding behind your bottle because of embarrassment of your addiction.
  • Ashamed to ask for help do to embarrassment.
  • You will stop being invited to many functions do to how you act while under the influence of alcohol.
  • The people that are sober don't want to be around a drunk. You then feel like an outcast.
  • Drunks loved to be around drunks as we all know. Why? They all have one thing in common and that is their alcohol and their drunken stories they tell.

Take a look at your own life and ask yourself have you had enough? Is it time to make a huge change in you life for the better?

If you are addicted to alcohol or drugs think about just how your life would be being clean and sober. I have to tell you that if I knew just how wonderful sobriety was I would have thought about this years ago, but as many alcoholic are they, including me are just not ready to take action on our actions. When enough is enough your body will begin to tell you and if your are not sure about that just take a good look in the mirror and that should help you decide if you have had enough. After all we all know that mirrors do not lie.

Don't be afraid, embarrassed, or ashamed, just reach out for help if you think you need it and there will be many people there to help, but you have to make and take that first step towards sobriety. No one can make you do that, only you the addicted can make that happen.

Once you get on that road to recovery you will thank yourself for making that huge decision to change your life. You will find that your decision will be the best one you ever made in your life.


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      Mark Bruno 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @ Andrea Rivera- I am glad you found this hub. First off, you already know that you have a problem with alcohol and you are asking for help to stop drinking.

      Second, beings you are asking for help means that you want your sobriety back and not live life to drink. You are a young lady and if you have it in your heart and soul to get and stay sober you will be able to do it, but you can not cheat and figure you can have a drink or two every once in a while. That will only torture your mind and body. I tried that and it didn't work at all. In fact I drank even for. just because you can go a week, month etc without a drink doesn't mean you are cured of your addiction. It will always be there just waiting for you to mess up and have that drink. You have to promise yourself (if you are serious about your sobriety) that you will never pick up an alcoholic drink ever again, Just as I did 3 years ago on Oct 27th (in two more days) It is great that you notice your addiction and not be in denial like I was for years. Even though so many people told me I was an alcoholic, I thought all of them were crazy, I didn't have a problem I thought . I was dead wrong and they were so right. You have to be ready to stop drinking and not be forced into getting sober. You are asking for help and I know that you can do it. Stay positive and continue to tell yourself that you can and will beat this addiction, and it will happen. Believe me!!! Each day you wake up sober , with no hangover and sick is just one more day sober and then you will be counting weeks, months, and then years. It goes by so fast Andrea. I now can go to bars with friends and just watch them drink as I have a soda or coffee and it doesn't bother me one bit, because I have made that promise to myself and I am a man of my word and will never break that promise to myself.

      YOu are young and have many beautiful years ahead of you so please stop and give your life a second chance. You won't ever be sorry you did.

      God Bless you and stay strong. believe and you will achieve my friend. This is why I write all these articles, to hopefully help others and it helps me to stay sober as well.


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      Andrea Rivera 5 years ago

      I need help with my drinking cnsumption.I too sit in my gararge and and drink my beers, sometimes i blackout, and i DON'T LIKE THAT . Im only 26, sometimes i go on rampages an drink for a month staight.I don't likethe meetiings I want to do it alone. please help me..I'm too young to be throwing my life away.

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      Mark Bruno 6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Luis, i really love to write my experiences about my addiction to alcohol and how I surrendered on my own with no AA or meetings. I wrote a hub awhile ago explaining just what happen to me drinking in my garage all alone when a silent Whisper came into my head and from that day on Oct.27,2009 I have been clean and sober and my life has changed so much for the better it is unbelievable. Read that hub and you will know what happened. I would love for my stories of my life to be able to help many people suffering with an addiction. If I could only help just one person become sober I would be a happy man.

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      Luis E Gonzalez 6 years ago from Miami, Florida

      My God, you don't have to thank me, it is I and others who have to salute you for doing what many others have tried and failed. Your story is an inspiration to many.

      Again, thank you for posting.

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      Mark Bruno 6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @ Luis, Thanks so much for your kind comment to me and to my hub. To be honest I am so proud of myself that I have done something like surrendering to my ADDICTION. I feel so much better and now realize that I never needed the alcohol to have fun or to survive in this world!!

      Your comment meant a lot to me and again thanks you:)

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      Luis E Gonzalez 6 years ago from Miami, Florida

      It's manly of you to admit that you had a problem with alcohol, it is even greater of you to have kicked the habit and surpass the addiction. You are a greater man for it.

      Thanks for posting