Warning Signs That Your Dear One Is Having Drinking Issues And How To Support Them

Mihai-Alexandru Cristea 06/12/2021 | 11:16

Alcohol abuse is not only devastating to the person in question, it can also drastically affect the lives of their loved ones and family members. Detecting warning signs may be obvious enough to notice but is it really something that can be handled easily? 


People who suffer from a drinking problem and addiction in general, have isolation tendencies and don’t let anyone invade their privacy that easily. Living with a loved one with a drinking issue can get really challenging, frustrating, and painful. Early signs of alcoholism shouldn’t be ignored, so seeking early treatment is the best solution. Read through our article to learn all about how to properly support loved ones who show warning signs of drinking issues.

Warning Signs

To find out whether a loved one is struggling with a drinking problem or if it’s just the normal intake of alcohol consumption is not easy to identify. Alcohol has different effects from one person to another, which means there are no standards for alcohol consumption for any individual. It is also considered a legal and customary social act that people accept, especially in gatherings with friends and family, as well as other social activities. People’s behaviors while drinking are the most significant indicator of whether a problem exists or not. This means that if you think the behavior and actions of a loved one clearly change when drinking, you should consider it a warning sign.  

How To Convince A Loved One They Need Help

Talking to someone with an addiction to alcohol and convincing them that they have a problem is quite challenging. Things might take a turn for the worse if they get out of control, lose their temper, or even deny their problem altogether. You must understand that helping an alcoholic is not going to be easy, but you also have to know that you’re not alone in your struggle. You need to speak up, try to convince them to seek help, or follow a treatment program. Remember that you can’t force anyone into doing something, so all you can do is to convince them that they have a problem and that you’re there to support and offer help.

Symptoms of Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD)

Memory loss, frequent knockouts, and major mood swings are among the common symptoms of alcoholism. Recklessness when dealing with life responsibilities like getting up to go to work, and choosing to drink over other activities that used to be interesting and pleasant are considered symptoms of AUD. Isolation from friends and family and choosing a different group to hang out with over the people you love is one of the major signs of having drinking issues.

Follow your instincts- if you feel that a loved one is showing symptoms of alcohol abuse, don’t ignore that feeling, it’s usually right. The sooner treatment is sought out, the better the results are, so try to speak to the person you care about before it turns from a minor problem into a major one. The problem with alcoholism is the fast deterioration of symptoms; if you feel you can’t help or convince your loved one that they need help, you should contact a treatment provider to guide you with the needed procedures.

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