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Except during a few years of Prohibition in the early 1900s, alcohol has been part of American tradition for hundreds of years, offering opportunities for social interaction and thirst-quenching satisfaction. What makes it a problem is when people drink so much that they become unaware of their actions or out of control, causing harm or pain to those around them.

Some find alcohol is a preferable escape from everyday stresses, while others drink for social reasons, and still others simply drink because they enjoy the taste of alcohol. Unfortunately for many, this habit can become an addiction and overconsumption leads to alcoholism. It is a problem that most people don’t see coming, but they don’t realize it until it’s already too late.

Helping a person experiencing an alcohol problem can be a complicated and delicate subject. However, it is often better to act on it as early as possible and seek help if you need it.

Here are some common signs that your casual drinking may have turned into alcoholism:

Drinking Alcohol Becomes a Top Priority

People who neglect other important people and tasks in life in favor of drinking, such as family or work, are often either already alcoholics or are dangerously close to becoming one. When you ignore the things you should do and your responsibilities or commitments to your family, friends, work, school, and self, or when frequent hangovers prevent you from getting things done, then you have an alcohol problem.

Including Alcohol in Your Daily Routine

There are a lot of beverage choices out there, from water and soda to tea and juice. One sign that you could potentially be an alcoholic is when you find yourself drinking alcohol in almost every situation, even without an obvious reason or occasion. Alcoholism also contributes to some dangerous personal habits, such as drink while driving; work with tools while you’re drunk; or mix alcoholic drinks with your medications.

Noticing an Increase in Tolerance Level

Have you noticed that you can drink a lot more alcohol before you start to feel some of the effects? Unfortunately it’s not a point of pride (though many people often compliment those who can ‘hold their liquor’), it’s an early sign of alcoholism. Tolerance is often part of the first stage of alcohol dependence.

Experiencing Withdrawal Symptoms

An obvious sign of alcoholism is when you begin to experience withdrawal symptoms whenever you are sober. If drinking relieves problems like headaches, body tremors, or other issues, this can be a red flag that your body has become dependent on alcohol.

At Renaissance Ranch Outpatient, we offer an alcohol abuse recovery program to help you get sober and stay that way. Contact us now and see how our solutions can help you escape the powerful chains of alcohol addiction.