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Telltale Signs That You’re Drinking Too Much

October 15, 2020 , Agape Treatment Center

Telltale Signs That You're Drinking Too Much

How to Tell Someone is Abusing Alcohol

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reported that during the year 2018 alone, a reported 14.4 million American adults over the age of 18 suffered from a diagnosable alcohol use disorder. (1) This figure included approximately 9.2 million men and 5.3 million women. Sadly, only 5 percent of these men and women received the professional addiction treatment they needed. This was likely in large part due to the fact that they were not aware they were suffering at the hands of an alcohol use disorder – alcohol consumption (even excessive alcohol consumption) is widely socially acceptable. Because heavy drinking is condoned by so many, it can be difficult to determine whether or not you are actually abusing alcohol or if you have simply been drinking too much.

Are You or a Loved One Are an Alcoholic?

There are several telltale signs that show you or a loved one are drinking too much alcohol therefore you should keep an eye out for them. Remember that alcoholism is a progressive disease, and what is now heavy drinking can quickly transform into alcohol abuse, and then into full-fledged alcoholism. If you’re drinking too much, do not hesitate to reach out for help. Even if your negative drinking habits are not yet advanced to the point of requiring medical detox and inpatient treatment, there is certainly no harm in nipping things in the bud and entering into an intensive outpatient or outpatient treatment program.

Signs That You’re Drinking Too Much

The following signs are a good indication that you have been drinking too much and could benefit from a low level of clinical care:

  • You continuously tell yourself that you’ll only have “one drink” or “no more than two beers,” only to find yourself passed out drunk only a few hours later. If you cannot control your intake, there is a good chance that you are drinking too much and that you need professional medical care.
  • Other people, namely your friends and your family members, have made comments about your drinking patterns. If other people have started noticing it is probably a good time to take a look at yourself.
  • You have noticed that you look for any excuse to drink. Lost a job? Drink. Get a raise? Celebrate with a round at the local bar. If you make everything into an excuse to get drunk, you are probably in the beginning stages of a legitimate alcohol use disorder.
  • You have started to experience legal and financial repercussions as a direct result of your drinking. Maybe you get a DUI or find yourself unable to pay a phone bill because you have spent so much money on alcohol.
  • You avoid social situations that do not include alcohol. If you feel uncomfortable when there is no way to imbibe, it is a telltale sign that you are drinking too much.

Alcoholism Treatment at Agape Treatment Center

At Agape Treatment Center, we provide men and women of all ages and walks of life with the professional addiction treatment they need in order to maintain solid and fulfilling sobriety for the remainder of their lives. We understand how comprehensively devastating alcoholism can be, and our team of compassionate professionals works together to provide our clients with the tools they need to stay sober long-term.

If you believe that you have been drinking too much but you are not quite sure whether or not you are in need of an inpatient treatment program, we are available to help you figure it out. Simply give our admissions counselors a call and they will walk you through a simple and straightforward pre-assessment. They will ask you questions like, “How many alcoholic beverages do you consume during the average day?” “When is the last time you experienced a blackout from drinking?” “Do you have any alcoholism in your immediate family?” These questions help us quickly determine which level of clinical care will best suit your needs. Once we have determined that alcohol addiction treatment is a necessary step, we begin developing a plan for intake. To learn more or to undergo our brief pre-assessment, simply give us a call today.