Trouble with the law. Legal issues and interactions with law enforce- ment can indicate a drinking prob- lem. Being convicted of a DUI or arrested for public intoxication are clear...
- Trouble with the law. Legal issues and interactions with law enforce- ment can indicate a drinking prob- lem. Being convicted of a DUI or arrested for public intoxication are clear signs of a problem.
- Other drug use. If you are struggling with alcohol you may turn to other drugs when alcohol isn’t available.
- Agitation. Feeling restless, agitated or discontent without alcohol? It may be time to evaluate your drinking habits.
- Comments from others. Comments and concerns about your drinking can indicate an alcohol problem. Rather than respond with frustration and irritation, seriously consider their words.
- Opinions from medical professionals. Doctors, nurses, psychiatrists and psychologists know all the signs of a substance use problem. Take their opinions and concerns seriously.
- Cravings. Feeling like you “need” alcohol to feel good physically or or relax mentally can be a sign of a developing problem.
- Making, and breaking, promises to not drink. One sign of a drinking problem is making pledges to self or others to not drink yet doing so anyway.
- Low self-esteem. Reaching for alco- hol in an attempt to fulfill an inner “hole” or void — is an alcohol abuse warning sign.
- Blackouts. A warning sign of a drinking problem is being unable to remember the previous night, sometimes even on nights when you claimed you were going to “take it easy” in regards to drinking.