Whether your heavy use of alcohol has led to mild, moderate or severe alcoholism, you likely experience a range of alcoholism symptoms. By learning about these symptoms, you can better understand whether or not you need help for alcohol abuse. Only through the help of a quality treatment program can you safely gain strong sobriety for a healthier future.

Common Alcoholism Symptoms

man with headache exhibits alcoholism symptomsThere are many signs and symptoms of alcoholism. You may recognize some of these symptoms in yourself. Or a loved one may show these signs, indicating they need professional rehab help.

Alcoholism symptoms include:

  • Having no control over how much you drink
  • Wanting to stop drinking but failing to do so on your own
  • Feeling strong cravings for alcohol
  • Spending a lot of time focused on getting, using, or recovering from alcohol
  • Drinking despite knowing it is harming multiple areas of your life and health
  • Failing in work, school, socialization, recreation, and relationships
  • Unsafely using alcohol, such as when driving, boating, or swimming

Other symptoms of alcoholism include having a tolerance to alcohol. This means you have to drink more and more over time to achieve the same feelings you used to have after only a few drinks. You may also feel nauseated, sweat profusely, or shake when you have not had your typical amount to drink. Once you are stuck in this cycle, your life centers on alcohol intoxication to prevent symptoms of alcohol withdrawal.

Alcoholic symptoms of withdrawal include:

  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Tremors
  • Sleep problems
  • Vomiting
  • Restlessness
  • Hallucinations
  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Seizures

The above symptoms of withdrawal may occur several hours after your last drink or as long as five days after you have stopped drinking. When you are in a licensed rehab program, you can gain professionally-supported detox. Through quality detox, you will feel less ill and can more easily get through the alcohol withdrawal period.

When to Get Professional Help for Your Alcoholism Symptoms

If the cycle of alcoholism symptoms and withdrawal has taken over your life, it is easy to see you need help. But you may not be sure of your alcoholism yet. Or you may be watching a loved one’s drinking problem, wondering if they are an alcoholic.

You should seek help any time substance abuse like alcohol overuse is causing problems in your life. If your loved one is drinking too much, you may be able to help him or her get into treatment. But it is not always so easy to decide upon the help you need.

Denial is a common hurdle in alcoholism. You may not believe you have a drinking problem. You may not connect your life problems to your drinking, instead making excuses for your personal struggles. But you should always listen to friends, relatives, coworkers, or others who urge you to get help.

Sometimes loved ones need an intervention to show them they need treatment. Through intervention, people drinking too much can see the effect of that drinking on loved ones, as well as on themselves.

Seek Help for Alcoholism Now

Getting the help you need for alcohol addiction will help end the chaos you are experiencing in daily life. Through healthy, strong recovery, you can rise above your past to a brighter future.

1st Step Behavioral Health in Pompano Beach, Florida provides a variety of programs alcohol and drug addiction treatment. These programs include a wide range of therapies that can help you get to the root of your problem. 1st Step Behavioral Health also treats co-occurring disorders commonly associated with addiction.

1st Step Behavioral Health can help you achieve stable recovery. By calling (855) 425-4846 you can start a program suited to your individual needs. Contact 1st Step Behavioral Health and begin your new life now.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

Brittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is the Assistant Clinical Director at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.