This article focuses on various characteristics and behavior around a person’s drinking to determine if a dependency on alcohol exists. The content in this article makes it easy for anyone with basic reading comprehension skills to understand. It takes various scenarios such as recognizing your behaviors, what conditions causes you to drink, and how much or little alcohol can impact your overall behavior. It addresses a key point in this article that many need to know. That point is ‘denial.’ Unless a person knows and accepts they have a problem, they may not seek out help. We have to be willing to tell ourselves that we cannot function without alcohol, we shake when we do not get that drink, we have an urge or severe craving for alcohol or we have recurring financial or relationships issues. These are the signs of the disease of alcoholism.
Keeping track of one’s drinking is a good idea. If you think you are drinking too much and is concerned, just keep track of it. Gauge how much you have to drink in order to feel the ‘buzz.’ Another way is to determine for yourself if you are walking around craving a drink or when you do not have a drink at a scheduled time, see if you have the ‘shakes.’ If you are doing this and feels like you may have a problem, reach out to any local Alcohol Anonymous (AA) groups and seek support. The disease of alcoholism has no cure, but a person can maintain sobriety with help from a twelve step or other related programs.
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Smith, M; Robinson, R; Segal, J; Buddy T. Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse: Signs, Symptoms, and Help for Drinking Problems. Sept. 2014. Web: <http://www.helpguide.org/articles/addiction/alcoholism-and-alcohol-abuse.htm>