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Warning signs of alcoholism

It is not just a nasty hangover that you get from drinking alcohol. The more you drink, the more your brain is affected, making you feel anxious and depressed. Not only are you feeling sad, alcohol negatively affects your sleep, makes you tired and irritable, and impacts your work – to name a few. Which then leads to a few drinks after work to help you relax and the vicious cycle starts all over again.

According to a study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration:

In 30 percent of deaths by suicide in the United States, blood alcohol levels were found to be at or above the legal limit at the time of suicide. Also, 50 percent of those who died by suicide were suffering from major depression at the time of death

We have gathered to most common signs of alcoholism that you need to look for: 

1. The Social Signs

Trouble with the Law
Drinking Priorities
Broken Relationships
Telling Lies
Making Excuses
Justifying Drinking
Drinking alone
Poor Performance

2. The Physical Signs

High Tolerance
No Limit
Losing Your Memory
Drinking Daily
Risky Business
Appearance Change
Withdrawal Symptoms

3. The Emotional Signs

Concerning Others
Imbalance of Emotion

In summary, by reading this article you should have a better understanding of the warning signs of alcoholism.
It’s important to note that encountering just one of these signs doesn’t inevitably mean that you are having a problem with alcohol abuse. So how do you know if the drinking has gone too far? Look for these signs in a family member or a loved one. If you see a couple of them, there is a possibility that the drinking has gone too far.

It will not be an easy road ahead, but we cannot stress enough how important it is for you to seek help today.

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