Many adults take part in social drinking but what happens when that turns into a problem? How do you know when you have gone too far? When the term alcohol abuse is stated most people probably think of college kids drinking into the late hours of the night. They drink until they pass out and in the morning do not recall any of the previous night’s activity. College age kids are not the only group in our society that suffers from alcohol abuse. Fact is no one is safe from it; all ages can become victims of alcohol abuse.
There are many signs that can signal alcohol abuse. Typically a safe drinking limit is two drinks for a man and one drink for women. Frequently drinking in excessive amounts to that is considered alcohol abuse. Drinking in dangerous situations, while operating a vehicle, for example is a sign of alcohol abuse. Other signs include excessive drinking, also known as binge drinking, personal problems with friends, family and co-workers. Legal problems resulting from drinking is also a sign of alcohol abuse. Alcohol abuse is typically treated from an outpatient setting or alcohol rehab programs. This is very important as alcohol abuse can lead to incurable alcoholism. The majority of diagnosed abusers are young people and they are typically involved with other drugs and alcohol may not be the primary substance of abuse.
If you suspect a loved one of alcohol abuse talk to them about your concerns. They will probably be resistant and deny that they have a problem. They will say they are just having fun and that they are safe. Ask them to seek help and offer to help and support them as they deal with the alcohol abuse. Alcohol addiction recovery must include absolute sobriety and can cause a lot of mental stress on the recovering abuser. The best thing you can do is support your loved one and let them know that you will always be there for them.
Disclaimer: Cliff Schaffer does not personally endorse or support any of the comments made within the writings of this article.