Alcoholism is when someone has dependence or addiction to the consumption of alcohol. An alcoholic has an uncontrollable physical or psychological compulsion to drink alcohol.
10 Signs You May be an Alcoholic
There are some common symptoms of alcohol abuse, including:
- Family history of alcohol abuse
- Drinking before noon
- Declining hygiene
- Drinking alone or in secrecy
- Suffering from blackouts or memory loss
- Behavioral or personality changes
- Increased alcohol tolerance
- Loss of control
- Alcohol cravings
- Neglecting responsibilities
Drinking Levels Defined
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism (NIAAA), has several definitions of drinking levels.
- Moderate alcohol consumption: up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks per day for men.
- Binge drinking: pattern of drinking that brings blood alcohol concentration levels to 0.08 g/dL. This typically occurs after four drinks for women and five drinks for men within a two-hour timeframe.
- Heavy alcohol use: binge drinking on five or more days in the past month.
If you or someone you love struggles with alcoholism, there are many treatment options available to help you or your loved one stop abusing alcohol and resume a healthy life. Options include:
- Inpatient rehabilitation
- Outpatient rehabilitation
- Sober Living Homes
- Lifestyle changes
Many private insurance plans (i.e. Blue Cross Blue Shield or Cigna) help cover the cost of alcohol abuse treatment. Be sure to check with your carrier when considering treatment options.