Important Signs of a Drinking Problem

Last Updated: Feb 24th 2020

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

Addiction to alcohol is a widespread and devastating problem that impacts every aspect of your life. If you or a loved one has a problem with alcohol you’re already aware of exactly how devastating it can be. Although exact figures are hard to identify, a large portion of the US population has some form of a drinking problem

Major Signs of a Drinking Problem

There are common signs that people with drinking problems universally exhibit. These include but are not limited to:

  • The inability to control how much you drink despite outstanding circumstances.
  • A noticeable degradation of your career or relationships.
  • An increase in physical health problems such as liver disease.
  • An influx in withdrawal symptoms such as trembling, upset stomach, or sweating.
  • Alcohol-related legal problems such as DWI or DWAI, damaged property, or assault.
  • Memory loss or the inability to recall past events. For example, a friend or family member might remind you of something you did and you have no recollection of it.

The Signs of Alcohol Addiction Aren’t Always Obvious

Keep in mind that the signs of an alcohol use disorder vary from one person to the next. Just because you don’t have all of the signs listed above doesn’t mean that you don’t have a drinking problem.

Above all, if you’re concerned about a loved one, you should note that many addicts are good at hiding their addiction. For example, they may drink secretly or at odd hours. However, people who drink regularly don’t always exhibit the stereotypical symptoms of drunkenness.

How to Overcome a Drinking Problem

Alcohol addiction is an extremely challenging to overcome. This is because alcohol is pervasive and legal in our society. Thus, you’ll encounter temptations everywhere you go. In many cases, the best solution is finding a treatment facility where you can give recovery your complete devotion. At 1st Step Behavioral, a drug and alcohol rehab facility in Pompano, Florida, you’ll feel truly committed to overcoming your addiction. They offer the following treatment methods:

  • Talk and behavioral therapy, with an emphasis on ego-modifying techniques.
  • Activities and therapies supplemental to talk therapy, including art and music therapy and holistic modalities such as massage and acupuncture.
  • Family involvement and therapy which play a vital role in the recovery process.
  • Dual diagnosis treatment
  • A focus on relapse prevention

At 1st Step Behavioral, you’ll learn to take back your life from the firm grasp of alcohol addiction. A quality rehab center can help you overcome your addiction. Contact us today at (866) 971-5531 to begin your transformation into a healthier, sober you.

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.