November 6, 2006
Symptoms Of Alcohol Abuse…
Men who consume 15 or more drinks a week, women who consume 12 or more drinks a week, or anyone who consumes 5 or more drinks per occasion at least once a week are all at risk for developing alcoholism. (One drink is defined as a 12-ounce bottle of beer, a 5-ounce glass of wine, or a 1 1/2-ounce shot of liquor).
The following questions are used by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism to screen for alcohol abuse or dependence:
- Have you felt that you should cut down on your drinking?
- Do you ever drive when you have been drinking?
- Is someone in your family concerned about your drinking?
- Have you ever had any blackouts after drinking?
- Have you ever been absent from work or lost a job because of drinking?
- Do you have to drink more than before to achieve intoxication or the desired effect?
Some of the symptoms associated with alcoholism include:
- Drinking alone
- Making excuses to drink
- Need for daily or frequent use of alcohol for adequate function
- Lack of control over drinking, with inability to discontinue or reduce alcohol intake
- Episodes of violence associated with drinking
- Secretive behavior to hide alcohol related behavior
- Hostility when confronted about drinking
- Neglect of food intake
- Neglect of physical appearance
- Nausea and vomiting
- Shaking in the morning
- Abdominal pain
- Numbness and tingling