Signs of Alcohol Dependence

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The legality and prevalence of alcohol can make it troublesome to identify the signs of alcohol dependency in yourself or a loved one. Alcohol addiction in itself is harmful and can lead to much more life-threatening illnesses like cirrhosis of the liver or even cancer. If you are concerned that someone’s drinking is becoming a problem, look for these alcohol addiction symptoms.

Emotional and Psychological Signs of Alcohol Dependency

Oftentimes there are emotional reasons a person begins drinking in the first place, in an effort to numb themselves or forget what is causing them pain. Unfortunately, this escape is more detrimental and can lead to further emotional problems, and a downward spiral into alcoholism. Some psychological signs of alcohol dependency to look for are:

  • Anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Obsession with drinking
  • Interrupted life—problems with relationships, school, work
  • Isolation
  • Memory loss
  • Mood swings
  • Hallucinations

Physical Alcohol Dependence Symptoms

As alcohol dependency grows, the physical effects increase exponentially as tolerance increases. Alcohol addiction symptoms can mimic other ailments, but if you observe these signs of alcohol dependency along with an increase in consumption and the emotional signs already mentioned, you or a loved one may need to seek professional help.

  • Increased tolerance
  • Drinking every day
  • Binge drinking
  • Bad complexion/skin color
  • Delirium tremers (shakes)
  • Heart palpitations
  • Vomiting
  • Sweating

You can take control of your life and quit drinking. The professionals at Summit Malibu will work with you individually to diagnose all conditions beyond just your drinking. A dual diagnosis of other conditions besides drinking requires the expert care that Summit Malibu staff can provide. Contact us today for more information about our drug and alcohol recovery programs.

Summit Malibu

Summit Malibu is the longest running boutique addiction treatment center in Malibu, California. Our residential rehab program offers dual diagnosis drug and alcohol addiction treatment to heal the mind, body, and soul. Summit Malibu is Joint Commission Accredited and licensed by the California Department of Health Care Services.