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Symptoms Of Alcoholism

Drinking alcohol, when done only occasionally, is not a bad thing. Most celebrations call for a drink anyway, and it would be in bad taste if a person refused. A drink during lunch or dinner is also okay, but what happens when this occasional drink escalates into something more? How does one tell that a problem of dependence is brewing? Is the person should attend an alcohol treatment?

Early signs

A person just starting to have a drinking problem will exhibit several signs. These include intoxication that is more frequent than what people around him or her have observed so far and continuous drinking despite having the knowledge that it is not the right time to do so; for example, when the person knows that he or she is supposed to drive a few moments later.

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The habitual drinking has started to escalate into a higher level when the person starts blacking out and when loss of emotional and motor control happens more often. A drinker getting deeper into trouble usually starts becoming violent when intoxicated.

Escalating problem

If a person suffering from the signs mentioned above does not get help, the situation will likely move up a notch. People who are closest to the drinker will have an idea that the problem is not getting solved but is actually getting worse when the drinker starts showing additional symptoms.

The primary symptom of escalation is when a person still continues to drink even after reaching the level where his reason and physical abilities are impaired. The impact of escalated alcohol dependence will be evident on the person's work, family life and social behavior.

People who have taken another step in the alcoholism ladder are likely to ignore responsibilities at work and are often in trouble with the law; most of the time because of insisting on driving despite being drunk.

Alcoholism personified

On top of the symptoms of early dependence and escalated condition, some more will be added to show that a person is indeed already suffering from alcoholism. The most common of these additional signs is denial.

An alcoholic, despite glaring evidence, will refuse to admit having any drinking problem. This demonstrates the absence of reason and loss of control and logic. Alcoholics are usually so mired in their drinking habit that they look at it as an ordinary part of their daily lives and not a problem.

Alcoholism is a condition that has no other way but to progress if it is not arrested at the early stages. A person showing any of these symptoms should be given help and support by those around him.

References: http://alcoholism.about.com/od/about/a/symptoms.htm