Learn how to recognize a drinking problem and where to turn for help.
Not all alcohol abusers look or act alike. Nor do they start on the road to alcoholism the same way or share the same set of problems. What they have in common is that they are all, in some way, damaging their lives.
There are many ways to be diagnosed as being alcohol dependent. Alcohol abusers often show at least one of these danger signs:
Someone who abuses alcohol is not necessarily disabled. Many alcoholics are high achievers who work every day. It isn't always easy to detect an alcohol abuser by how much or how often the person drinks among company or by how intoxicated he or she seems to be.
Risk Factors And Resources
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, about 18 million Americans drink too much alcohol. The likelihood of developing a drinking problem depends on several factors:
Despite the tremendous power of alcohol addiction, many people do achieve recovery and long-term stability. If you or someone you know has a problem with alcohol, don't wait, seek help today. You may want to start with a call to your family doctor. He or she can give you a medical evaluation and treatment information and refer you to community services that can help. Or you can contact your state agency responsible for overseeing alcohol and drug treatment programs. The recovery program with the most clear history of success, Alcoholics Anonymous, meets in many towns and communities across the country.