What are the Symptoms of Alcoholism? | Artesian Recovery

What are the Symptoms of Alcoholism? | Artesian Recovery

symptoms of alcoholism

What are the symptoms of alcoholism? When does casual drinking turn into early alcohol abuse? The holiday season can be a difficult time to balance expectations of drinking in a social setting and also make it a safe space to spend time with friends and loved ones. Alcoholism can take many forms and doesn’t always show up the same way for everyone. In this article, we’ll share more about the warning signs and symptoms of alcoholism.

When is it considered alcohol abuse?

(Source: WebMD)

  • Your friends or family have mentioned they are worried about your drinking.
  • Once sober, you can’t remember what happened while you were drinking and experience blackouts.
  • You take risks, such as drinking before or while driving a car.
  • Neglecting responsibilities because of your drinking, such as being late for work or not going at all.
  • Legal trouble associated with drinking such as harming someone or drinking while intoxicated.
  • You get hurt, or you harm someone else when you are drinking.
  • Despite serious health problems you continue to drink even if they are made worse by alcohol use, such as cirrhosis of the liver.

Symptoms of alcoholism, addiction, or dependence

  • Choosing to drink as a way to de-stress.
  • Choosing to drink alone and in secrecy; Having a fear of being judged or avoiding feelings of guilt.
  • You’ve lost interest in activities that were enjoyable and given up other activities, to drink alcohol instead.
  • Craving alcohol and losing control; you don’t feel like you can quit or stop drinking.
  • The amount of alcohol you need is higher to get the same effect.
  • You keep drinking even though it harms your relationships and causes health problems.
  • You drink first thing in the morning.
  • Experiencing extreme mood swings.
  • Making drinking a priority over employment or family.
  • Continuing to drink despite health, financial, or social concerns.
  • You are experience withdrawal symptoms whenever you stop drinking.

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, approximately 17 million people in 2012 alone had a diagnosable alcohol use disorder. There are millions of people throughout the world who struggle with alcoholism every day and only a fraction of them make the decision to seek help. It is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.

Symptoms of alcohol withdrawal

(Source: WebMD)

Within 6 hours, after drinking:

  • Shaky hands
  • Anxiety
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Vomiting

Within 12 to 24 hours:

  • Confusion
  • Racing heart
  • High blood pressure
  • Fever
  • Heavy sweating
  • Hallucinations
  • Seizures

Within 48 to 72 hours you may even experience delirium tremens (DTs). This can cause agitation, fever, hallucinations, confusion, and seizures.

Get help for alcohol addiction

Withdrawal without professional care can be dangerous and we recommend seeking medical assistance whenever possible. Discovering you or someone you care about is facing an alcohol addiction can be shocking. It’s important to know you’re not alone. We’re here to help. If you have any questions, please call us today at 855.981.2020.


Artesian Recovery & Wellness Centers, LLC is all about recovery that lasts. Our holistic approach is what sets us apart from traditional treatment centers.  A fresh start is a beautiful thing, so let us join you on your path to recovery.  Contact us today.

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