Alcohol Abuse Signs & Symptoms

Symptoms of alcohol addiction and how treatment can help.

Symptoms and Warning Signs of Alcohol Abuse

Since alcohol is legal and often expected at certain gatherings or celebrations it is sometimes difficult to notice when someone you love, or yourself, has become addicted to or dependent on it. Alcoholism is classified by cravings and the inability to stop drinking even if it has caused personal and social harm. If consuming alcohol has interfered with work, school, or other activities then the consumption of alcohol has become a problem and treatment may be necessary. Other signs of spotting alcoholism may be consumption may start early in the day, the individual will stay intoxicated for long periods of time, or consistently drink alone and give up activities and relationships that used to be important. They cannot control how much or when they drink and rely on alcohol to relieve stress or solve problems. They may have tried to stop drinking but cannot. They will also exhibit withdrawal symptoms such as sweating, shaking, and feel anxious or sick.

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High-functioning alcoholics are in their own classification because they keep their alcoholism from interfering with their professional and personal lives. They usually will not admit to or notice a problem until faced with severe alcohol-related consequences. This is dangerous because they can continue using alcohol for years without ever recognizing a problem. High-functioning alcoholics may not exhibit the normal pattern of addiction, show traditional signs of alcoholism and keep their substance abuse well hidden.

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Short Term Symptoms

The short term addiction symptoms of alcohol abuse can range in severity and duration. Some high-functioning alcoholics may exhibit none of these symptoms. Below is a list of commonly observed short-term symptoms and warning signs of an alcohol addiction.

  • Reduced anxiety or stress
  • Increased confidence
  • Impaired judgement
  • Distorted hearing and vision
  • Drowsiness, unconsciousness, and/or coma
  • Blackouts (memory lapses)
  • Slurred speech, breathing difficulties
  • Upset stomach, vomiting, and/or diarrhea
  • Headaches
  • Anemic (loss of red blood cells)

Long Term Symptoms

As the addict has been abusing alcohol for a much longer time period, long-term symptoms of alcoholism are traditionally more severe and can range from extremely risky behavior to the failure of proper organ function. These symptoms are much more serious and will most definitely require inpatient detox and residential treatment. Long-term symptoms of alcohol addiction can include:

  • Risky behavior leading to injuries
  • Broken relationships
  • Alcohol poisoning
  • Liver disease (cirrhosis), liver failure
  • Cancer of the mouth and throat
  • Nerve damage, brain damage
  • Ulcers, gastritis (inflamed stomach walls), malnutrition, vitamin B deficiency
  • High blood pressure, stroke, heart related diseases
  • Sexual problems
  • Pancreatitis, diabetes

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