I’ve been sober for over thirteen years now. I know what all the signs are associated with alcoholism. Recognizing them is not difficult. These are not the normal clinical signs that you would hear from a psychologist, but rather real life information from my story of when I battled with being an alcoholic.
One of the first things that is noticeable is that a person will most defiantly be drinking more than usual. This is a subtle change that can only be recognized when someone stops and thinks about it. On the surface, the alcoholic may only let you see that they are drinking once a day, but if you recognize that they used to NEVER drink during the day, then you’re on the right track.
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Behavior patters will for certain change. When they used to go to sleep at ten at night, they may now stay up while everyone else is sleeping in order to have a few before bedtime.
You’re going to see them breaking plans more often or not participating in as many social functions as they used to. For obvious reasons, they do not want to be away from having the freedom to get a drink. They also may be already drunk and cannot appear sober around you.
Lying will increase for sure. What happens is that as WE grow in our suspicions, we begin to ask more questions. This mild form of interrogation causes them to tell lies. As they progress in the decease they will most defiantly become full-blown alcoholic liars.
You will notice their friendships beginning to change. Bird of a feather flock together and alcoholics like to hang out with each other. Obviously, they share common interests. If the new friends seem to be drunk or have alcohol on their breath or in their hand, then this is still another sign to pay attention to.
You will begin to notice that they will catch a quick nap just about anywhere they can. You may be waiting for the kids to get out of school or spending time at the movies. Whatever the case, they will be sleeping in the oddest places.
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Some of the more obvious signs are going to be slurred speech and bloodshot eyes. They may even have a tendency to be rather belligerent at times. They will want to argue and fight more than usual too.
Alcoholism is cunning a baffling for the problem drinker and the friends and family members of the alcoholic. The sooner you can get into a support group meeting the better off you will be. SO DO NOT WAIT for earth shattering signs that they are alcoholics.
You are going to need all the help you can get as they progress in their illness. As they begin to drink more-and-more, we slowly become increasingly obsessed with their behaviors. Before we know it… they are constantly on our minds. Perhaps you are experiencing signs already that you are obsessing over an alcoholic.