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It can be difficult to know if social drinking is taking a more serious turn. What seems normal and fun one day can become out of control seemingly overnight. How can you tell if frequent drinking is becoming problem drinking? Being honest with yourself, can you admit to any of the following:
Often the first step in addressing problem drinking is detoxing from alcohol. Going cold-turkey is ok for some, but for certain heavy drinkers, it can be deadly. The sudden removal of alcohol can cause hallucinations, convulsions, seizures and even heart failure that could result in death. Of course these symptoms will vary dependent upon the severity and length of an individual’s drinking history. Longer-term symptoms like insomnia and anxiety are often eased with the support of a 12-step group, counselor or treatment facility…..[read more]
Alcohol use disorder, which can progress to the more serious level of alcoholism, is a complex problem that doesn’t have a single cause. Nevertheless, according to data from the Mayo Clinic, the following factors can contribute:
Alcoholics Anonymousdeveloped the following set of questions to help individuals determine if they have a drinking problem:
Only you can determine if your drinking is out of hand. If you’ve answered yes to any of the above, you may want to take a closer look at your drinking and its impact on your life.
Alcohol is everywhere – and a deeply embedded part of our culture. Nevertheless, the effects of problem drinking run deep and wide.
If you can’t imagine life either with alcohol or without it, it may be time to seek help. Others have successfully recovered, and are living proof that a life without booze can be happy, joyous, and free. Visit our Recovery Resources section, listen to a sober speaker, or reach out for help here. You are not alone, and although alcoholism can’t be cured, it can be treated.
There is no cure for addiction, but people can and do recover. Reach out today. Help is available, and another life is possible.
Recovery Speakers is an online community that aims to offer support, resources, and information to those affected by alcoholism, drug addiction, and addiction in any other form it takes. We are home to the largest single online audio library of recovery talks—spanning some 70 years—and a wide range of 12-step fellowships, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Al-Anon, and others. We seek to give people a meeting when there are none, preserve the rich legacy and history of the 12 step fellowships, and support one another through the community created here. Welcome, and keep coming back.