Like all other addictions alcoholism can cause people to have a problem, yet deny that they have a problem. There are even some people that are really good at hiding their problems so that they can function in the real world and convince themselves that they do not have a problem with alcohol. Adults with an alcoholic condition will normally deny a problem truly exists until they reach rock bottom, but their friends and families will notice some warning signs that might lead them to believe there is a problem even before the person with the condition will admit it.
When you are a family member, friend, or even a coworker of someone that might have a problem with alcohol there are a few warning signs or symptoms you can look for. Denial is one symptom of alcoholics. Like most people they do not want to admit there is a problem or even consider the fact that they might be out of control.
When someone begins to drink socially or on occasion this is not a warning sign of alcoholism it only begins to become a potential problem when a person feels they need to have a drink in order to change their mood, because they have had a bad day, or because they think it makes them more fun.
Close family members might be the first to notice there is a problem when they see their loved ones drinking more often. This might bring them to begin asking questions about the amount of alcohol the person drinks maybe making the person defend themselves and their ability to control how much they drink and when. The defensive behavior can be seen as a sign and symptom of denial. Experts have studied alcoholism, the causes, and even why some are more prone to having a drinking problem leading them to believe people that feel guilty or ashamed about their drinking may have a problem. The guilt and the shame that they feel ends up coming out as denial and defensiveness instead of a cry for help.
Experts have even been so bold as to state you have a drinking problem if you have friends and family that worry about your drinking. Having people like friends and family worried about you and your drinking habits should lead people to believe that they have a drinking problem, but this normally leads them into another sign of drinking, which is lying and hiding the amount of alcohol that they drink and how often. A lot of times the person will lie so well that they will believe the lie themselves leaving yet another sign and symptom of denial.
Some alcoholics that are exhibiting signs and symptoms of denial will even lie about why they drink. They will tell their friends, family, and coworkers that they only drink to allow themselves to relax after a hard day at work, but this type of reaction is yet another sign there is a problem. People should be able to relax and feel better without a drink. In some people’s eyes this type of behavior might even be seen as a way to self medicate. If this is truly the case then the person with the drinking problem should really seek the help of a professional that will help get to the bottom of their troubles through therapy and maybe prescribed medication.
The signs and symptoms of denial to alcohol abuse listed above are really the beginning signs of abuse. There are many other signs of alcoholism that will indicate an even stronger problem. For example a person with an alcohol abuse problem will start to neglect their chores at home and their responsibilities at work. Family members will be the first to notice their loved one has not been cleaning up after themselves or maybe they are no longer willing to play with the kids. Coworkers will be the people that notice more sick days being used or deadlines not being met. All of these types of behaviors will prompt people to ask questions about drinking habits leaving the struggling person to lie and deny a problem truly exists.
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