I'm sure it won't surprise you that I could tell you more than 10 signs of alcoholism! With over 24 years' experience as a (couple) counsellor and over 8,000 counselling sessions under my belt, I've seen many different signs and symptoms of alcohol misuse.
I've seen both individuals and couples who presented with the effects of alcoholism - their lives, including their relationship, slowly unravelling. In fact, I should really say - I often discovered that there was an alcohol problem. They often came for help with their depression, stress and anger problems problems and... "Oh, by the way... I am/he or she is drinking a bit too much".
This article is for you individually whether you are the drinker or the partner of someone with an alcohol problem, as there is some extra advice for you.
As you've landed on this page, I guess you've already started to wonder if you have an alcohol problem. I'm really glad that you're looking for some answers and information, and I hope I can help you out with this.
So, here goes - 10 signs of alcoholism...
If you recognises these signs of alcoholism, I really think you need help. What kind of help you need - only you can decide. What works for one really doesn't necessarily work for another. However, I suggest you start by visiting your doctor to discuss your problem with drinking.
If you're not ready to see your doctor yet, I would really encourage you to at least talk to one of my online experts - in strict confidence.
I also want you sit and watch the following, mind-blowing, presentation...
Can you see now why you may be at risk of developing and/or maintaining that addiction?
Are you worried about your partner's drinking habits? If so, then I really hope the information here will help you. We'll take a look at the warning signs of alcoholism in your partner that you should look out for - and then at the ways you can cope with the situation.
I imagine that you've felt hurt, angry, disappointed, embarrassed and ashamed too often. Now you just want to be sure that it's not you with the problem. I know - I really do understand this.
So, here are the 10 warning signs of alcoholism that you may recognise and that may point to the fact that your partner does indeed have a problem...
I am sure that you're always hoping that things will improve. But, perhaps it's time for you to really consider if you should stay in this relationship. I wouldn't be surprised if you've been thinking about leaving your partner anyway. If this is the case, let me help you with my Relationship Test.
You'll find lots of information elsewhere about co-dependency - meaning that you're likely to 'support' your partner's drinking and 'collude' with him/her. I know that in some relationships that is indeed what happens - to a greater or lesser extent.
However, I have a real problem with the blanket statement that if one is an alcoholic, the other is co-dependent.
You're never going to be completely independent however hard you try, when you're in a relationship.
Of course your behaviour affects your partner's behaviour. However, human interactions are far too complex to just hand someone the label of 'codependent'.
Why not talk your troubles through with a qualified relationship expert? You can talk right now with an online qualified counsellor about the signs of alcoholism.
It'll really help if you can decide to invest in your own well-being and your happiness. Through self-development you can become the best you can be by enhancing all your natural resources.
Have a look at my page on self-hypnosis and type in whatever your most-pressing concern is right now to get the best-fitting hypnotic solution for you.
You probably already knew you are (or your partner is) in trouble with signs of alcoholism before you visited this page.
There are plenty of specialist agencies and services that can offer help.
However, I think you may find it helpful to visit my page on the Human Givens. You'll quickly discover which of your and/or your partner's essential emotional needs are not being met.
Identifying the underlying problem will help you deal with the problem much faster, much more effectively and much more reliably. Don't let it delay you in taking action though!
Start by writing about what's happening in your life, what you're feeling and perhaps when you're most likely to reach for that drink. How about keeping a journal?
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