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The Signs Of Being An Alcoholic

Updated on September 4, 2012

Drink And Alcohol - Signs Of Alcoholic Life

For some drinking is a way to wind down after a hard days work, a busy day, a stressful day, one day that is filled with many small stresses combined with a potential lifetime of personal failures.

Life has a habit of bringing us down whether we strive to be the best at what we do, or we fail at what we try to do, drink plays a part in many lives socially, some people are fine having the occasional drink while others have the mother of all binge drinks that they find themselves quickly despairing in a pit of depression.

As something of a binge drinker myself, although I wouldn't go as far as saying I'm an alcoholic, but that could be denial and not the one in Egypt!

This is a discussion and an in depth discovery into the lives of alcoholics and the way they try to cover up their bad habit, this is not an exhaustive web page but rather an excorsism of a few demons for some.

Typically, the signs of alcoholism are apparent to many close to the person who is afflicted or obsessed with drink, they might appear normal when they have not had a drink but their behaviours subsequently changes when they have had several drinks, a lot alcoholics become secretive about their habit, and they hide bottles of drink anywhere were they won't be found out, in doing so, they remain normal to outsiders and it becomes a personal habit that they think are in control of.

Some cases you might find that a heavy drinker starts off drinking beer or something low in alcohol, then when the alcoholic nature of booze takes effect then a higher alcohol in take is required to become more intoxicated by high volume spirits such as whisky, vodka or rum,spirits obviously increase the likely hood of liver problems and speed up the process of liver failure later in life if not sooner.

Other signs might include the sweats and bad breath, while this could be attributed to being over weight, these are the two common symptoms of alcy drinkers.

Alcoholics tend to drink their drinks faster than anyone else too and if the term binge drinker is to be announced here then alcoholics are generally binge drinkers too, typically an alcoholic could start drinking at any time of the day morning, noon or night.

Like most legal substances that people get addicted to such as alcohol and tobacco it ruins the lives of those around them as they get involved in your world as it were, they either deal with the situations that they find you in due to the stage of the alcoholic disease, or they become part of the problem by fueling the drink by giving in to your drinking addiction, quite often though drink leads into other areas of domestic violence, assault and even death.

Getting addicted to drinking alcohol is truly one of the worst things that anyone can do with their life, potentially as it can shorten ones life and just one drink can lead to many for some and where does it end?

An early grave is no good especially when there are kids involved, and they see you drinking, they'll think it's alright and they may end up like you, addicted to drink and no way out.

Just anyone...try and drink sensibly because a good morning hangover has got to be a sign that doing this everyday is just not good, not good at all!

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      6 years ago

      im 28 yrs old i have a wife and 4yr daughter and i love drinking yet i have no personal issues or depression i just dont know what is going on.

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      6 years ago

      Hi my boyfriend (father of my 6 year old daughter) is now a heavy drinker.he doesn't even care about our relationship nor about his future plans.I want to help him but he is not awre that he has became an alcoholic,infact he still believes he is drinkin for fun.

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      7 years ago

      Brilliant, just what I needed to know, thank you!


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      7 years ago


      I don't know if your ever going to get around to reading this but if you do I want to tell to you that there is a book you should read and its called "The Truth about Addiction and Recovery" by Dr. Stanton Peele. Most inviduals in America have been brainwashed by the 12 steps and the recovery industry into thinking that alcohol addiction is a lifelong disease. IT is not, the vast majority of alcoholics quit on their own, and amazingly more than half that do end up drinking responsibly and non-abusively. Where do I get this information from? Why our own federal government's alcohol abuse and addiction department, called the NIAAA. They have done countless studies, and I am pointing to the NESARC study and it is widely cited in alcoholism journals around the world. Your husband is drinking a bottle of wine I see, so it is a little bit more than what is recommended by doctors, but far below the dangerous levels he was drinking before. In fact, France and italy reccomend their citizens to have 3 or 4 glasses of wine a day at most. A bottle of wine isn't so bad, but he should try to aim for 3 or 4 (there are 5 glasses in a bottle, so when he says 4, he's probably pouring big glasses). He may have matured out of his alcoholism, as most do. He has taken a good step by doing this. However if he is using alcohol as an escape he may still have a problem. Either way to answer your question, 3 or 4 glasses of red wine is ok, but never more than that.

      REad that book it will open your eyes. I was an alcoholic years ago and got my act together, saw a therapist, realized that I had poor coping skills and now I enjoy 3 or 4 beers a night. Addictions are not inbred diseases, they are are experiences we get addicted to as a way to cope with life. Once people learn alternative coping skills and change their goals, they see no point in intoxication anymore.

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      8 years ago

      My Husband a good man. Is a heavy Drinker. He used to get drunk everynight. He never ever drank before 5:00, but Vodka was his choice. He had a heart attack in March of 2010, he was told that drinking had nothing to do with it. (Stupid Dr.) Anyway, he mostly gave up on the Vodka, he'll have it after he asks me lol. But he used to be able to drink a big bottle a night and nothing but drunkeness. no hangover. Now he is drinking red wine, A whole bottle of it. "It is only 4 glasses" he is not drunk anymore except for on occasions. If he has 2 Vodkas...GONE LOL. But a full bottle a night of Wine? Is that too much? Or is 4 drinks of red wine OK?

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      Wayne Tully 

      9 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      @Goldentoad Yeah I wish that people could drink responsibly...hey wait a minute bruce.... bruce, they call you bruce right?

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      9 years ago from San Diego, CA

      Well said MM. Valuable hub. You mention that those close to the alcoholic tend to notice the behavior, but it's not so uncommon for the loved ones to be in denial as well and not want to admit that their partner/friend/relative has a problem. Been there, done that. Eyes wide open now, although the head in the sand can be a very tempting approach at times.

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      Susan Reid 

      9 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      LOL, GT. I wish everyone could just "drink responsible" too. The problem with having alcoholism is you simply can't. It's like telling someone with food poisoning, "Shit responsibly."

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      9 years ago from Free and running....

      First off, I'm glad you didn't post my picture here, second good hub, and I wish everyone could drink responsible and would quit killin' my buzz.

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      Susan Reid 

      9 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      You raise a lot of excellent points about how to identify an alcoholic. The behaviors you identify are pretty good indicators. People can be binge drinkers and continue that way without crossing that imaginary line into "alcoholism." But if your binges start getting closer and closer together over time, that's a big red flag. There's also the symptom of blackouts. Drinkers who don't remember what they did/said the night before -- very, very probably are alcoholics.

      In the end, it's not how much you drink, how often you drink, or even what you drink (switching drinks from hard stuff to beer or wine or vice versa is often a vain attempt bye the alcoholic to control their intake), it's how alcohol affects you that is the true indicator. If your personality changes for the worse and you start having negative consequences resulting from drinking -- losing jobs, divorcing, car crashes/duis, breaking bones -- time to take a serious look and get some help!

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      Wayne Tully 

      9 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Addictions are rather odd things, to be addicted to something and not living without it just seems so uncontrollable, if we was to be fully in control of 100% of our brains potential then I guess we would rid that part of addictive personality behaviour.

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      9 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Interesting how all addiction share a pattern of the addict hiding their behavior from the world. Some overeaters only partake of food alone, while some bulemics bunge and purge when they are alone. Some gambling addicts hide the fact for years that they are addicted to playing the slots or tables at casinos. It is just an interesting pattern, but I suppose it has to do with the shame and fear of admitting something is going wrong. I must commend those who come forward and admit they have an issue to deal with and face it head on because that sure takes quite a bit of courage.

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      Cris A 

      9 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Even if I try to be an alcoholic, i don't think I would ever succeed. My body has always have a way of shutting down before i even get to the point of drinking because I thirst for it. Which is a good thing when you think about it :D


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