How to Spot an Alcohol Addiction

If you’re concerned that your loved one may have an alcohol addiction, don’t think that you’re the only one who’s ever wondered. It’s a tricky subject. You don’t want to confront the person until you’re sure, right? Falsely confronting a person could lead to a damaged relationship and injured feelings. On the other hand, alcoholism is a serious affliction with even more serious consequences. Don’t ignore it. Here are some signs that your loved one may be an alcoholic.

  1. Your loved one is hiding their drinking.
    Do they not tell you when they’ve been out to the bar? Do they drink more when you’re not there? Do you come home to find them inebriated? Do they drink more and more out of one cup, like a travel mug? This could be where they’re hiding alcohol. Don’t be obvious, but do look for the signs. Are you finding more and more liquor store receipts? Have you found a secret stash of alcohol? Do they lie about their alcohol consumption? These are all key signs to an alcohol addiction.
  2. Your loved one is defensive about their drinking.
    If they make statements like “I can stop drinking whenever I want to” or “I don’t have a problem” often, they may indeed have a problem. Do their voices raise when you question them about drinking or mention drinking?
  3. Alcohol is the only means by which your loved one relieves stress.
    They may get irritable or panicky when there’s no alcohol readily available.
  4. Your loved one starts drinking earlier and earlier in the day.
    If your loved one used to have a beer at six and now starts drinking in the late morning, you know you have a problem.