Alcoholism is suggested to be the most serious form of problem drinking, when the individual has an uncontrollable desire to drink. Alcoholics will often prioritise drinking over other responsibilities and suffer withdrawal symptoms if they stop.
Furthermore, alcoholics have a dependence to drink, whereas alcohol abuse is a pattern of drinking in excess despite negative consequences
What are the Signs or Symptoms of Alcoholism?
- Lack of interest in previously normal activities
- Appearing intoxicated more regularly
- Needing to drink more to achieve the same effects
- Appearing tired, unwell or irritable
- Inability to say no to alcohol
- Mental health problems
- Becoming secretive or dishonest
How to Support an Alcoholic?
If you feel worried about someone who is displaying signs of alcoholism then it is important to speak openly with them and try to persuade them to seek help. It can be difficult for an individual to admit they have an alcohol problem but it is key to remain supportive.
If you are supporting someone during an appointment then try to get simple explanations about the illness and ask for an emergency contact number.
Click here to read more about our friends and family support guide
How to Treat Alcoholism?
One of the best ways to treat alcoholism is through a programme, such as what Alcohol Home Treatment offers. The method we use is the Sinclair Method which uses drugs to reduce the pleasure an individual receives when they drink. To read more about the Sinclair Method click here
If you would like further information or know someone that needs help with their alcohol problem get in touch today