A lot of people have speculated about alcoholism and how exactly to classify it. There are many signs to identify an acoholic, but for the sake of this article, this article is only going to concentrate on the first one. Early stage alcoholism can be difficult to detect in most cases, as the individual isn't going through any external changes at this point. The body, instead, is changing on the inside. Said individuals may be able to consume greater amounts of alcohol, and may appear not to have hangovers from doing so. Most alcoholics at this point would most likely refuse to seek help and may laugh of the idea that they are addicted to the substance.
A brief overview of the other four stages (middle stage, late stage, treatment and relapse) can be found here.
There are generally ten warning signs of alcoholism, but not all ten may be present within the given subject.
- Anything is a reason to drink
- Hiding alcohol around the house (The alcoholic wishes to be able to access a drink anywhere they want, and do so in comfort)
- Attending events where alcohol is permitted and avoiding all other events.
- Late bedtimes. Heading to bed after the partner allows drinking in peace without anyone bothering them.
- The drinking times may generally start getting earlier and earlier. One day the drinking starts at two pm, and a week later, they start drinking regularly around noon. This is also a way of trying to get rid of alcoholic symptoms. If they are always drunk, the symptoms cannot manifest.
- Aggressive and defensive when asked about drinking and seeming to take offense to questions. Sometimes this will lead to physical violence.
- Drinking before heading out to a bar or pub. This is usually called pre-gaming. This is generally so they don't have to buy as many at the bar and can be less self-concious about the amount they are drinking in front of other people.
- Neglect. If they start to put aside other activities they enjoy in favour of drinking or personal hygeine
-Disappearing for hours or even days at a time.
- Pains such as hangovers, stomach pains, or tremors in the hands after not having had a drink for an extended period of time.
There are many ways to combat this disease, but the most common is rehab. Remember: the first step is admitting there is a problem to begin with. If this is not accomplished, the individual may refuse any and all help at all.