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Some symptoms are more difficult to spot than others, the amount of alcohol someone is drinking and how often will play a part in whether dependency is developed.
What is an alcoholic?
An alcoholic is someone who is drinking alcohol beyond their ability to control it and is unable to stop voluntarily.
Alcoholics Anonymous defines this as “a physical compulsion, coupled with a mental obsession to consume alcohol,”in which cravings for alcohol are always catered to, even at times when they should not be.
Signs and symptoms of dependence on alcohol:
- Secretive or dishonest behaviour
- Deliberately drinking heavily alone
- Binge drinking
- Rationalising excessive drinking
- Drinking at inappropriate times such as first thing in the morning
- Avoiding contact with loved ones
- Withdrawing from responsibilities at home or work
- Continuing to drink despite negative effects
- Losing interest in activities, hobbies and social life
- Obsessing around access to alcohol, securing access to the next drink
- Emotional response to using alcohol to cope with stress
- Neglecting physical appearance, daily responsibilities