Alcohol Abuse Are You Among the Millions
It is estimated that 18 million Americans suffer from alcohol-related problems — more than all illegal drugs combined. To know if you belong in this group, examine the physical and psychological symptoms of alcohol abuse.
Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Abuse
temporary blackouts or memory loss after heavy drinking
unusually irritable and aggressive behavior (intermittent)
using increasing amounts of alcohol to relax, sleep, cheer up, deal with problems or feel “normal”
Examine your attitude toward drinking.
If you notice yourself getting drunk despite efforts not to, hoarding alcohol.
Avoid Becoming a Victim of Alcohol Abuse
Don’t drink as an attempt to escape anxiety or depression.
Substitute other, more healthful activities for social drinking if, during the day, you find yourself eagerly anticipating those martinis, beers or glasses of wine.