While the moderate use of alcohol has actually been shown to have some positive effects on one’s health, it has been known for centuries both by those inside and outside of the medical community that overdrinking causes a multitude of social problems, as well as health problems.
The fact is, people who are alcoholics are not often drunk, and may not even know that they need help because of this. Indeed, an alcoholic may never reach a level of slurred speech, slow reacting mental faculties, or impaired coordination, and may be the last to realize they migh benefit from a treatment for alcohol at a drug rehab.
He or she may just be compelled to keep drinking throughout the day. Before they know it, they might’ve consumed an entire case of beer, or an entire bottle of spirits.
Doing this day in and day out creates ill health effects in the long run. What if you suspect that a loved one is becoming, or has become alcohol dependent.
Are there any warning signs to look for?
Yes. As mentioned, drunkenness is not likely to be one of them. According to Alcoholics Anonymous, there are sets of questions a person can ask themselves to diagnose whether or not they have a drinking problem.
- Do you at times have a craving for an alcoholic beverage?
- Does drinking cause family problems at home?
- Do you seek bad or uncouth companions when drinking?
- Has drink affected your reputation or your job performance in a negative way?
- Has your GP ever had to treat you for alcohol issues?
- Have you ever felt guilty after drinking?
- Has your ambition been lowered by drink?
- Has your self confidence been boosted by drink?
Many people might answer yes to one of the aforementioned questions, but if you answer yes to any more than three, it’s time to get help. Answering yes to these warning signs indicate an unhealthy relationship to alcohol on the part of the user at best, and means they are an alcoholic at worse, andthat you may need treatment at a drug rehab or alchol rehab.
It may not be easy to confront a loved one about this if you think that they tick any of these boxes. They may agree to get help and turn things around. Alternatively, they may become defensive or downplay things. They might even react in a violent or abrasive manner.
Because things might go badly, it is best to try and choose a time when the family is at peace. For instance, bringing this up as the epilog to an argument won’t help things.
Bringing multiple family members in, friends, of the family doctor in may help too, especially if a blow up is expected. Interventions may not be a pleasant thing, but their results are often good.
Tears may be shed and harsh words may be used, but in the end, they are the first step toward turning off the road of alcohol abuse, a road that only ever ends in a dead end. Interventions are ultimately for the good, and will help both the alcoholic and his family succeed and even prosper in the long run.