Alcohol Addiction Health Center

Alcoholism is not caused by a virus or bacteria, so its symptoms can be somewhat more difficult to assess than those of other diseases. Most symptoms of alcohol addiction center on a loss of control over drinking habits.

Symptoms of alcoholism may include the following:

  • Losing interest in activities that don't involve drinking
  • Being unable to control how much alcohol you consume
  • Neglecting responsibilities
  • Feeling a strong need to drink
  • Becoming drunk on purpose to achieve a feeling of normalcy
  • Drinking alone
  • Hiding your drinking
  • Becoming irritable if you cannot drink
  • Blacking out from drinking
Review Date: 
March 13, 2012
Last Updated:
August 22, 2014