What are the signs of alcohol addiction?

There is so much out there about alcoholism, being an alcoholic, etc. but what are the actual symptoms of alcohol ADDICTION? People can like to drink, like to get drunk, like to drink in the morning, drink till passing out, etc. but that doesn't mean they are addicted to alcohol.

asked 16 Apr '12, 16:33

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Though alcohol is legal, it is a controlled substance and is addicting.


Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol addiction is often difficult to identify. There is a fine line between social, moderate drinking and a serious drinking problem.

"What are the signs of alcoholism" is a HUGE question I won't pretend to be able to answer. For me, some of the signs include:

if you drink, you can't stop yourself from drinking again, even though you really truly want to stop drinking. You'll know this because before you drink you'll express your desire not to drink, and after you recover from drinking, you'll regret that you drank, and hate yourself for not having been able to stop yourself from drinking (or hate yourself for having done whatever you did while drinking).

I'm sure there are great answers to this question, but that sums it up for me. Alcohol addiction is like other addictions that way... drinking is a compulsive, destructive behavior you regret but can't seem to stop yourself from doing.


Alcoholism can sometimes lead to "alcoholic ketoacidosis". It is related to starvation, and can cause nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.


answered 21 May '13, 16:58

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If you are trying to determine whether or not you are an alcoholic, then this question must be answered with 'Rigorous Honesty'. Can you have just 1 beer with that pizza or one glass of wine with that pasta? Can you have just 1 drink and not want more? An alcoholic can not and most likely when the bottle of wine or case of beer is done, we go looking for more.


answered 30 May '13, 13:37

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