A majority of drinkers, who routinely abuse alcohol , think that it’s no big deal and that they are in control of their habit. Recognizing the first signs of alcoholism will help, first of all, with becoming aware and then help with keeping from falling into the addiction. Listed are only a few of the first signs, but significant enough all the same.
Blackouts are an obvious sign that there is an alcohol problem. Blackouts happen when a drinker completely forgets what happened the night before, or what happened during an event where drinking was involved. They could have even driven home in their car in a blackout, been at work or in some instances, woke up in another country, not remembering ever getting on a plane.
Becoming defensive about anyone questioning their drinking habits is a definite sign. A drinker will easily anger when asked why they drink so much, sometimes they will even become physically abusive and will have no regrets for their actions and ignore the consequences of their defensiveness to the point of losing friends and family. Irritability and anxiety are additional signs of alcohol abuse, these attributes show up especially when at an event, or for no reason at all. This is due to the effects alcohol has on the nervous system, manifesting a unnatural state of anxiety, irritability and nervousness that will appear at the slightest whim.
If a potential alcohol abuser no longer drinks moderately or responsibly, and frequently drinks, this is the ultimate first sign of alcoholism. They will do whatever it takes to have alcohol at their immediate disposal. This means hiding a bottle or a flask at work, in the car;or if drinking at home is not acceptable, then they will hide bottles around the house as well. Another early sign is ordering doubles at the bar, downing shots or beers in order to get buzzed as soon as possible and drinking by themselves is another good first sign.
Keep in mind, the above signs are just that, signs. So it’s not too late to seek out help from alcohol treatment centers or outpatient recovery programs.