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In order to identify the warning signs of alcoholism, we need to address what alcohol is, and how it works in the body.

What is alcohol?

Alcohol is a central nervous depressant and is a substance that affects each organ in the body. It is a substance that is quickly absorbed in the stomach and pushed into the bloodstream. The effect that a person feels is directly related to the amount that has been consumed. This is due to the fact that the liver can only metabolize small amounts of alcohol at a time, leaving the rest of the alcohol to travel through the body.

Rock Recovery Center understands that the use of alcohol can begin as something that is used socially, but then later, converts itself into the definition of alcohol abuse. Many people ask, what are the warning signs of alcoholism?

The difference between alcohol abuse and alcoholism

These ten warning signs of alcoholism will be addressed later on but to begin with a few, many times people who have a dependence on alcohol drink in isolation, hide the use of alcohol and have regular alcohol cravings.

Learn More: The Effects of Alcohol Abuse

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and their frequently asked questions about Alcohol and Public Health, there is a fine line between alcoholism and alcohol abuse. This being that their signs and symptoms may be similar but that one is a pattern of drinking and the other is a chronic disease.


Do you or a loved one suffer from alcohol abuse? Call us 24/7 for advice or options for treatment:

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Ten signs that may indicate someone is an alcoholic:

  1. Inability to carry out work responsibilities
  2. Inability to carry out home or school responsibilities
  3. Using alcohol in potentially dangerous situations (driving, operating machinery)
  4. Legal problems due to the use of alcohol
  5. Pursuit of drinking, ignoring it’s affect on relationships
  6. A major craving for alcohol
  7. Unable to limit drinking
  8. Financial problems due to money spent on alcohol
  9. Impaired judgment
  10. Unintentional injuries or violence due to impairment

Nearly 17 million adults in the United States aged 18 and older suffer from some or all of the ten warning signs of alcoholism. These signs are used in “how to identify an alcoholic” and although you, or someone you know, may not believe you fall into any of the categories, there are more things to consider in the definition of alcohol abuse.

signs of drinking too muchDo I have a problem with alcohol?

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism there are a series of questions that you can ask yourself or someone you love to help determine whether there should be cause for concern:

  • Have there been times when you drank more and longer than you intended?
  • Have you ever wanted to drink less or stop drinking and or possibly tried, but failed?
  • Have you spent a lot of time drinking in the last year?
  • Have you been sick with hangover like symptoms a lot in the last year?
  • Have you ever experienced a craving or urge to drink alcohol?
  • Have you noticed that drinking or being sick from its affects interfered with your daily responsibilities?
  • Have you continued to drink heavily although it affects your friends and family relationships?
  • Have you given up or stopped your hobbies/interests in order to have more time to drink?
  • Have you made very poor judgment decisions while drinking?
  • Have you had to drink more than what you intended to be able to reach the feeling you wanted?
  • Have you experienced withdrawal symptoms?

Read More: 5 Myths & Facts About Alcoholism and Sobriety

Rock Recovery Center is here to help offer solutions to those who may be suffering from alcoholism. Our alcohol treatment program can help you or your loved get the fresh start needed in order to overcome the grips of alcoholism.

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