Alcohol Addiction Health Center

People who have alcoholism or alcohol abuse often:

  • Continue to drink, even when health, work, or family are being harmed
  • Drink alone
  • Become violent when drinking
  • Become hostile when asked about drinking
  • Are not able to control drinking -- being unable to stop or reduce alcohol intake
  • Make excuses to drink
  • Miss work or school, or have a decrease in performance because of drinking
  • Stop taking part in activities because of alcohol
  • Need to use alcohol on most days to get through the day
  • Neglect to eat or eat poorly
  • Do not care about or ignore how they dress or whether they are clean
  • Try to hide alcohol use
  • Shake in the morning or after periods when they have not a drink

Symptoms of alcohol dependence include:

  • Memory lapses after heavy drinking
  • Needing more and more alcohol to feel "drunk"
  • Alcohol withdrawal symptoms when you haven't had a drink for a while
  • Alcohol-related illnesses such as alcoholic liver disease

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March 13, 2012
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June 30, 2013
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