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Preventing an Alcohol Addiction from Getting Worse

Alcohol is one of the most dangerous substances a person can play with. Despite this, it is probably the most widely accepted supplement to social activity. As a result, people often abuse alcohol. Limited alcohol abuse does not necessarily signal an addiction, and there are many people who get drunk from time to time but never develop alcoholism. There are others, though, whose casual alcohol use quickly spirals into a dangerous and powerful alcohol addiction..

For alcoholics, alcohol becomes a crutch to fill emotional holes that may exist in their lives. Alcohol is readily available and viewed as one of the easiest fixes for life’s stresses. For those who rarely find happy moments in their lives, or even for those who don’t know how to “stop” when they really like or enjoy something dangerous, alcohol can become an addiction.

In order to prevent alcohol from becoming a major problem, you and your loved ones should monitor any intake of alcohol carefully. It is not a substance that should be dealt with flippantly. The potential dangers of abuse are too great.

Signs of Alcohol Abuse

The key to preventing addiction is to look for the signs of addiction sooner rather than later. If any of the following symptoms are observed, it is time to start thinking about staging an intervention.  Here are a few signs and symptoms to look for:

  • Increased alcohol intake. When a person starts drinking alcohol on a more frequent basis, particularly on a daily basis, this is a warning sign that an addiction may be developing.
  • Personality changes. Alcohol becomes the most important thing in an addict’s life as the addiction develops. Alcohol abuse begins to negatively affect his life, so much so that it can even alter his personality.
  • Neglecting responsibilities. Simple responsibilities like paying bills and taking out the trash are forgotten or neglected. Memory can be enormously affected, with some people even experiencing blackouts, since they are so often under the influence of alcohol.
  • Increased sensitivity. Sensitivity can be affected in many ways when a person is abusing alcohol. Their actual senses are affected, with increased sensitivity to light and sound, but also their emotional sensitivity increases. A short-temper is one potential side effect.
  • Changes in appearance. The more dependent alcohol abusers become, the less care they take with their personal appearance. Red eyes are often observed in addicts, along with a constant runny nose and cough. In addition, their sleeping and eating habits change dramatically.

If you observe some or all of these symptoms in yourself or your loved one, it is important to seek prompt professional attention. The only way to keep an alcohol addiction from getting worse is to take the initiative to seek the proper help.

How We Can Help You Overcome Alcohol Addiction

If you or your loved one is struggling with an alcohol addiction, we are here to help you. Call our toll-free number anytime, day or night.  Our counselors are standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to assist you in any way they can.