It can be tempting to downplay your alcohol consumption for several reasons. First, alcohol is a legal substance, unlike other problem drugs of abuse. And, second, you see alcohol almost everywhere you go, from restaurants to movie theaters to work functions. But, alcohol IS a drug, and if it has become a part of your daily existence, there is a possibility that you have used it to the point of excess.
According to the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health from SAMHSA, 65.3 million people in 2016 reported binge drinking alcohol over the past month and 16.3 million reported heavy past month alcohol use. An estimated 15.1 million people ages 12 and older had an alcohol use disorder in 2016, which represents 5.6% of that population. So, how do you know if you are an alcoholic? Here are eight signs that you may need to get help at a Florida alcohol rehab.
1. You organize your life around drinking. If you have limited the events that you will attend and the friends that you will associate with to only those involving alcohol, you might want to take a close look at your motives.
2. You have a few drinks before going out. Also called “pre-gaming,” most non-alcoholics don’t feel the need to get a good buzz on before going to an event where alcohol will be served.
3. You count your drinks using “new math.” Since those drinks that you had at home were hours ago, you may not count them, or maybe you start your count over after you have had something to eat. Playing with the numbers like this is a dangerous game.
4. You beginning lying about or hiding how much you drink. If you feel that you need to lie to friends, family, or anyone else about when, how much, and how often you drink alcohol, you could be abusing the substance.
5. You drink to relieve stress. If alcohol is used as a tool to relieve stress after a troublesome day or an emotional period, you should use caution. This tool can quickly turn into a crutch.
6. You have suffered consequences from your drinking. If you have suffered consequences from your drinking and continue to imbibe, you are probably an alcoholic. Examples include crashed cars, DUIs, failed relationships, and lost jobs.
7. You have cravings for alcohol. Alcoholics typically have a preoccupation with taking that next drink. If you have become an around the clock or daily drinker, you will likely suffer physical withdrawal symptoms if the alcohol is removed.
8. You drink alone. For the most part, drinking is meant to be a social activity. If you find that you are drinking alone on a regular basis, you could very well be an alcoholic in need of help.
Get Treatment at a Florida Alcohol Rehab
Alcoholism is a dangerous and deadly disease. The National Institutes on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reports that roughly 88,000 people die each year in the U.S. from alcohol-related causes. Some of leading risks of alcohol abuse are injuries, serious health issues, birth defects in children, marriage and relationship problems, and career and financial issues.
If you believe that you are an alcoholic, it is not only difficult to stop drinking on your own, but also dangerous. At The Orlando Recovery Center, we can help guide you through alcohol withdrawal with a medical detox and will then provide alcohol treatment assistance according to your particular needs. Contact us now to learn more about your admissions options.