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The “Am I an Alcoholic” Question

Alcohol is everywhere—it is embedded in our social life and is part of connecting with others. This “acceptance” of drinking is the reason why it may be difficult to determine whether someone simply drank too much or has a drinking problem. We understand if you are still questioning whether you have a problem, after all, it is easier to point out drug addiction more so than alcoholism. We also know that determining whether you are an alcoholic is a big deal. As you assess your drinking patterns, we want to make sure you have as much information as possible to make that decision for yourself.

There are a few types of drinking patterns: normal, alcohol abuse, and alcoholism. Alcohol abuse and alcoholism are sometimes used interchangeably but they have a few differences. Alcohol abuse is defined as the “misuse of alcohol,” which means that someone develops a pattern of excessive drinking despite of negative consequences. Alcoholism is a physical and/or psychological compulsion to drink, i.e. alcohol addiction or alcohol dependence.

Here are a few symptoms of alcohol abuse and/or alcoholism:

1. Drinking alone, in secret, or hiding it

2. Drinking gets priority over your responsibilities or family

3. Losing interest in activities you once enjoyed

4. Inability to stop or control any consumption of alcohol

5. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms, such as shaking, sweating or anxiety

6. Continued drinking even through serious consequences with your health or family

7. Having a drink first thing in the morning

8. Mood swings or irritability

This list is not all inclusive and alcoholism may take on a few different forms. One of the most important things to remember is that alcoholism is a progressive disease—with continued use, the drinking normally gets worse and the person builds tolerance. If the drinking is heavy enough, the body will go into withdrawal if the normal amount being drank is either reduced or stopped. Alcohol withdrawal can include any or all of the following symptoms:

1. Anxiety or nervousness

2. Fatigue

3. Nightmares

4. Mood swings

5. Irritability

6. Shakiness

7. Foggy brain or unable to think clearly

8. Depression

While the withdrawal symptoms may sound daunting, they get better within a few days and the only remedy is abstinence. Villa Tranquil Recovery stands as a new staple in the women’s treatment community, offering gender-specific services for women between the ages of 18-65. Our beautiful home in Jupiter Farms, Florida provides a transitional living opportunity for women to continue their treatment process while regaining the skills they need to thrive in sobriety. Owned and operated by clinicians, we offer exceptional care so women can build exceptional lives of recovery. Call us today for information 866-697-7573.