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Am I an Alcoholic?

Are you concerned that you drink too much? Have you wondered if you have a drinking problem? If you find yourself asking “am I an alcoholic”, you may be searching for answers and seeking help.

What is alcoholism?

Habitual alcohol use is characterized as alcoholism. Alcoholism is a serious form of alcohol use and is also referred to as alcohol use disorder or AUD. Alcohol use disorder can be classified as mild, moderate, or severe. Alcoholics are physically dependent on alcohol and are unable to function normally without alcohol. Several aspects of life can be affected by alcohol use disorder including physical health, work-life, relationships, and personal goals.

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), nearly 15 million Americans 12 years or older have been diagnosed with an alcohol use disorder. According to the CDC, an estimated 95,000 people die from alcohol-related causes each year.

Warning signs of an alcohol addiction

There are several warning signs to look for if you believe you or a loved one may be an alcoholic. These signs include:

  • Drinking in private
  • Intense alcohol cravings
  • Prioritizing drinking over responsibilities
  • Alcohol withdrawal symptoms
  • Drinking first thing in the morning
  • Inability to stop drinking
  • Feeling guilt associated with drinking

Common symptoms of alcoholism include:

  • Blackouts or short-term memory loss
  • Extreme irritability or mood swings
  • Change in appearance or personality
  • Feeling hungover when not drinking

Risks of alcoholism

Risks of alcoholism can be short-term or long-term. Short-term risks include injury, alcohol poisoning, and violence. These risks are all possible when you drink too much in the short-term. Long-term risks associated with alcoholism and excessive alcohol use are cancer, heart disease, memory loss, and mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.


Getting help for an alcohol use disorder

Recovery from alcoholism is possible. Treatment options are available and vary based upon individual needs. Treatment may include medical detox, inpatient rehab, outpatient programs, or individual and group therapy. It is advised to detox from alcohol under medical care. If you or a loved one are seeking treatment for an alcohol use disorder, Arista Recovery is here to help. Call us today to speak with an addiction specialist and have any questions or concerns answered!

Take Our Quiz To Learn More

    How often do you have a drink containing alcohol?

    How many drinks containing alcohol do you have on a typical day when you are drinking?

    How often do you have 6 or more drinks on 1 occasion?

    How often during the past year have you found that you were not able to stop drinking once you had started?

    How often during the past year have you failed to do what was normally expected of you because of drinking?

    How often during the past year have you needed a first drink in the morning to get yourself going after a heavy drinking session?

    How often during the past year have you had a feeling of guilt or remorse after drinking?

    How often during the past year have you been unable to remember what happened the night before because you had been drinking

    Have you or has someone else been injured as a result of your drinking?

    Has a relative, friend, or doctor, or other health care worker been concerned about your drinking or suggested you cut down?

    *This quiz is a self-assessment adapted from the AUDIT (Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test). AUDIT is an alcohol screening instrument used to assess alcohol consumption,drinking behaviors, and alcohol-related problems. Your results are not a proper diagnosis. Please consult your doctor for a clinical diagnosis and full evaluation.