Abusing or misusing alcohol is the sign of an alcohol use disorder. That is not the same thing as alcoholism. Alcohol use disorder does not have the same symptoms of alcoholism like craving alcohol or even a tolerance or extreme control loss. Instead, it is actually something separate.
Defining Exactly What Alcohol Abuse Is
People all too easily will claim that they don’t have any problem with drinking when they do. You don’t have to have alcohol cravings to have too strong a relationship with alcohol.
There are eleven common symptoms of alcohol abuse that are used to decide how severe your alcohol abuse may be and diagnose if you have a problem or not. These are easy enough for you to answer on your own to see if you do abuse alcohol.
Defining how severe your alcohol use is can help you decide what level of help or care you actually need. The effects of drinking alcohol over time can be really, so it is essential to know when you need help.
They are ranked as mild, moderate, and severe. That’s when you have 2-3 of the symptoms, 3-7 of the symptoms, or 7 or more.
The symptoms include:
1. Drinking more than you intended or drinking past when you wanted to stop.
2. You may try to stop drinking or cut down on how much you drink overall without any actual success to it.
3. You spend far too much time trying to get alcohol or thinking about getting or drinking alcohol. That means way too much time is spent on alcohol.
4. You crave alcohol or constant have an urge or desire to drink alcohol.
5. Continuing to use alcohol effects your work or school or your life. You aren’t fulfilling these basic responsibilities due to alcohol.
6. You keep drinking alcohol even though these problems get worse with your life or relationships and it is clearly due to the alcohol.
7. You’ve actually given up things you enjoy to spend more time drinking alcohol. You work around everything to be able to drink alcohol freely.
8. You keep drinking even in situations where you shouldn’t like driving or swimming or times when you shouldn’t.
9. You keep drinking even if it makes you depressed or harms you physically.
10. You have developed a tolerance for alcohol and keep drinking.
11. If you have withdrawal symptoms if you stop drinking or need to drink to cure a hangover.