How to Tell if You’re an Alcoholic or Addicted to Alcohol

How to Tell if You’re an Alcoholic

Maybe you’ve had too much to drink once or twice. Maybe your partner or your friends are mad about the way that you act when you drink. Perhaps you are starting to wonder if you have a problem, but you don’t know how to tell if you’re an alcoholic. If you wonder if you have a problem with alcohol, you likely have a problem with alcohol. Alcoholic or not, if alcohol is preventing you from living your best life, you can stop. The good news is that you don’t have to wait until you hit the proverbial rock bottom to get help. At Laguna View Detox, we provide a beautiful, intimate setting for you to end your relationship with alcohol. 

Common Signs of Alcoholism

Alcoholism is a disease of mind, body, and spirit. Because of this, the signs and symptoms affect all three. Your body and alcohol are not friends; there is no health benefit to alcohol use. And while researchers argue over the effects of small amounts of alcohol, they agree that long-term alcohol abuse can lead to heart disease, dementia, cirrhosis, cancer, high blood pressure, pancreatitis, gout, and so much more. 

Beyond the physical signs of alcoholism, you may experience hopelessness, depression, anxiety, and problems in your relationships. Finally, there are the consequences of your drinking. If you were to visit your physician to discuss your alcohol consumption, they would likely ask a list of questions such as: 

  • In the past year, have you had times when you ended up drinking more or longer than you intended?
  • In the past year, have you wanted to cut down on your drinking and could not?
  • Have you continued to drink even though it was causing problems with family or friends in the past year?
  • Have you continued to drink even though it was contributing to a health problem in the past year?
  • In the past year, have you found that drinking – or being sick after drinking – interfered with taking care of your responsibilities?
  • In the past year, have you continued to drink even after experiencing legal problems from drinking?

Answering yes to some or all of these questions is an indication that you may have a problem with alcohol. In the end, the most crucial question is about how alcohol is affecting your ability to live your life. 

What to Do if You’re an Alcoholic

If you are an alcoholic and find that you are unable to stop drinking, the first thing to do is reach out for help. Whether your first call is to Alcoholics Anonymous, your physician, or a treatment center, it is vital to consider detox in your early days of sobriety. This is particularly true if you have been drinking every day. If you have been an everyday drinker for any length of time, detoxing on your own without medical supervision can be quite dangerous.  Quitting alcohol abruptly can lead to what’s known as acute alcohol withdrawal. Withdrawal symptoms can be mild symptoms such as irritability, difficulty sleeping, and difficulty focusing. However, if you have been drinking daily and/or been through detox before, your symptoms can be much more severe.  Alcohol detox can lead to seizures, delirium tremens (DTs), and even death. For this reason, you must be honest about how much and how often you drink when you seek help. 

How Laguna View Detox Can Help You With Addiction

At Laguna View Detox, you will get round the clock care for your alcoholism.  We are one of the leading private drug rehab centers in Orange County. We provide luxurious, inpatient rehab treatment in one of the most beautiful areas in California. Our staff includes some of the best in the industry, and we’ll create a holistic treatment plan tailored to you. We will care for you while you safely detox and then guide you through inpatient treatment and aftercare.  Contact us today and let us help you with your addiction!