Think you or someone in your family may have a problem with alcohol? Want to know more about the symptoms of alcoholism?
We asked the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism to help answer our questions.
We know: Common Symptoms of Alcoholism
What is alcoholism?
At the present time, 14 million Americans (1 in 13 adults) abuse alcohol or are alcoholic. This means they have a dependency on alcohol and are chronic drinkers. Alcohol is a disease with identifiable symptoms.
What are the common symptoms of alcohol?
The symptoms include:
Why is alcoholism referred to as a disease?
Alcoholics cannot control their drinking or exercise their willpower over their craving for alcohol. Many people can drink alcohol and do not experience this uncontrollable craving, but alcoholics do.
Alcoholism, like many diseases, appears to have a genetic component, so that some families experience more incidents of alcoholism than others.
What are the signs that someone may have a drinking problem?
Ask yourself these questions. If you answer is ‘yes’ to any of them, then it may be a sign you should not use alcohol.
Is there a cure for alcoholism?
No, and it is not possible for alcoholics to simply cut down on their drinking. But there are many kinds of treatment programs available to help the person avoid drinking alcohol and stay sober.
For more information on treatment, contact AA, your doctor or an alcohol rehabilitation program.