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The warning signs of alcoholism are oftentimes missed because alcoholism can be masked as social drinking or be done in secrecy to prevent being detected. Mild alcohol abuse is often confused with casual drinking. However, there are a few warning signs that can make it easier to tell the difference between alcoholism and social drinking.
Alcoholism is defined as a chronic disease in which someone uncontrollably drinks alcohol, has a preoccupation with drinking, and continues to drink even after experiencing negative consequences from it. Alcohol use disorders can be different in each person, but there are some common symptoms and signs.
There are many warning signs to help determine if someone is suffering from an alcohol use disorder. Many of the signs are recognizable, but others may be more difficult to notice. Also, the severity of alcohol abuse may play a role in the warning signs a person exhibits. Mild alcohol abuse can be easily mistaken for social or casual drinking. However, what may appear as a casual practice, can quickly turn dangerous and be early signs of alcoholism.
A quick way to determine if someone is suffering from an alcohol use disorder is to use the CAGE questions.
The four CAGE screening questions are:
If the answer is yes to two or more of the questions, there is reason to believe that person would benefit from addiction treatment.
Alcoholism has many dangers, not just physically but mentally and emotionally as well.
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There are several risk factors for increasing the probability of someone becoming addicted to a substance, such as alcohol.
If someone has any of these risk factors, being careful of their alcohol use is important. They are at the highest risk of becoming addicted.
There are many signs that could be a warning someone is suffering from an alcohol use disorder. Because AUD is a very personal disease, the signs will be different for everyone, but there are a few commonalities to look for.
If you feel that you or a loved one is suffering from an alcohol use disorder after reading and answering the CAGE questions, getting help right away is an important step in becoming healthy. Calling Agape Detox Center is a great start in getting help for alcoholism. Our trained admissions coordinators can assist in creating a personalized plan to get treatment started.