How To Know if You're Becoming Alcohol Dependent

Know if You're Alcohol Dependent - Freedom From Addiction

Of all the possible methods of addiction in the world, none is more prevalent than alcohol. It is a drug widely available in grocery stores, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. It can legally be purchased at the age of 21 but is usually illegally consumed much younger. 

Alcohol's Addictive Qualities 

Alcohol is considered a depressant. Alcohol slows down and inhibits normal brain function. Alcohol also has a sedative effect, which leads to some people thinking that having a drink or two before bed helps them sleep better. In addition to all this, the most addictive part of consuming alcohol is the euphoria felt when drinking alcohol. It lowers your inhibitions and allows your brain to "turn-off" for the duration of consumption. These are very appealing traits that alcohol can offer people and can cause a person to want to keep the feeling going, thus leading to dependence.

Signs of Alcohol Dependence

  • Are you drinking to feel better or because you had a bad day? If so, do you have bad days frequently?
  • Has your tolerance gone up? If two drinks used to get you drunk, is it now 4 or 5 that you have to consume to get there?
  • If you are in situations where alcohol isn't available, do you find yourself going through withdrawal symptoms? Irritable, anxious, depressed, etc.?
  • Are you finding yourself blacking out more (not remember the events that occurred while drinking)?
  • Are you getting into dangerous situations while drinking?
  • Are you finding that you are lying more about either how much you have consumed or even lying that you've quit altogether?
  • Are you unable to stop at just one drink? Do you get upset when someone tries to "cut you off"?
  • Is your reliance on alcohol causing you to have trouble with your relationships? Do you frequently choose the continued use of alcohol over that relationship if given an ultimatum?

Do you find it hard to quit? Have you tried multiple times on your own and can't seem to do it? If so, you are not alone. There are places and people to help you. There are many different treatment options available to you, and a free service like Freedom From Addiction can be of help to explore the different treatment options available. 

For 24/7 assistance, call 1.855.RECOVER or 1.855.732.6837. 

Sydney DeZinno is a writer from Tucson, AZ. A graduate of the University of Arizona, she an active advocate that is passionate about addiction recovery and helping those in crisis. 

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