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Warning Signs of Alcohol Addiction

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Common Signs Someone Is Struggling with Alcoholism

Although there is no surefire way to detect alcohol addiction because it manifests differently from person to person, there are common signs to look out for.

Frequently Drinking Excessively

While it is common for people to drink in moderation socially or with dinner, that is typically defined as having one to two drinks in a given day. On the other hand, binge-drinking happens when an individual is consuming 5 or more drinks in a given day, bringing their blood alcohol content (BAC) level to more than 0.08%.

While this may happen on occasion, if you notice that you or a loved one is frequently bringing-drinking, they may have a drinking problem.

Having an Unusually High Tolerance for Alcohol

Tolerance refers to the phenomenon that happens when someone continues to drink at an excessive rate constantly, eventually lowering the effects of the alcohol itself. Eventually, this requires more alcohol to produce the same effect it previously had. If you notice that it takes more and more alcohol for someone to begin feeling its effects, they may be experiencing the beginnings of alcohol dependency.

Spending Lots of Time on Alcohol-Related Activities

While social drinking is acceptable behavior in moderation, there is a point where it becomes alarming. If you notice that a loved one is only suggesting activities that involve drinking or they’re spending more and more time at bars or doing alcohol-centered activities, it may be worth checking in on them to see if they are dependent on alcohol.

Neglecting Personal Relationships

Oftentimes when people are struggling with substance abuse, they are also struggling with their mental health. This can cause people to withdraw from important personal relationships with friends, family members, and coworkers.

Experiencing Withdrawal Symptoms After Periods of Not Drinking

Withdrawal happens when someone who drinks excessively on a regular basis suddenly stops drinking alcohol. Many people may not realize they have an alcohol addiction until they try to stop. Withdrawal symptoms typically include tremors or seizures that may last for anywhere from a few days to several weeks.

Seeking Help at North Georgia Recovery Center

The road to recovery starts with taking the first step. Let us walk alongside you on the path to sobriety and wellness. When you choose to get treatment for alcoholism at North Georgia Recovery Center, you can rest assured knowing that you will be treated by licensed therapists in our state-of-the-art facilities. Every one of our team members is certified to address and effectively treat the issues that come along with addiction.

To schedule your free consultation with our team, call (678) 940-7873 or get in touch with us online today.