9 signs that a loved one might be an alcoholic

Do you suspect your loved one is becoming an alcoholic? Here are 9 signs to look out for.

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According to a WHO report in 2014, around 30% of the total population of India consumed alcohol in 2010. The per capita consumption of alcohol had increased from 1.6 litres in 2003-2005 to 2.2 litres during the period of 2010-2012. However, the most shocking part of the WHO report was that nearly 11% of Indians indulged in heavy or binge drinking. In fact, on the Years of Life Lost scale which ranged from one to five, India stood at four. These figures reveal that a substantial portion of the alcohol drinking population in India lose most years of their life to alcoholism and its several health consequences. Here's what alcohol does to your liver.

Do you suspect that someone you love might be an alcoholic? If that s the case, then these are the nine red flags you need to look out for before you can approach them with the suggestion of getting some form of help or therapy to fight against their addiction. Did you know, alcohol can cause cancer?

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1. Is unable to cut down or stop binge drinking

This is an obvious sign of alcoholism. If the person continues to drink though they appear to be in an inebriated and are unable to control the amount of alcohol they consume on a fairly regular basis, it is a sure fire sign that they are going down the wrong road. There are times when normal and healthy individuals also tend to binge drink, for example, during New Year s celebrations or a special occasion. However, if you notice a trend in their binge drinking habits where they seem to be unaware about the number of pegs or shots they are having on a regular basis, it is definitely a sign that they need help.

2. Has a good capacity or shows tolerance

While there are healthy and well-balanced individuals who tend to have higher tolerance for alcohol than others, the sign you need to look out for is that if he tends to complain that he doesn t feel drunk enough . If you find that your loved one needs to drink more than they used to in order to get the desired effect, it could be a sign of alcoholism.

3. Drinks at odd hours to de-stress

If your loved one appears more depressed or anxious than usual, the substance abuse is mainly because of those unresolved emotional issues. If you find that they need a drink or two to unwind in the afternoon or at other odd times during the day, don t brush it off as a one off incident. Chances are that they might be hiding or lying about the amount of alcohol they ve been consuming throughout the day.

4. Is a compulsive liar, especially when it comes to alcohol

If you have a feeling that some of his stories about his whereabouts or other daily routines are just not adding up and you have repeatedly caught them lying about how much money they have been spending among other things, it could be because they are trying to hide their drinking habits from you. In such a case, try not to confront them head on and instead initiate having a private conversation with them where you bring up the matter gently.

5. Has a poor memory

Alcoholics tend to have a poor memory because of the frequent blackouts they have from binge drinking the previous night. If they re just not able to remember what they did the previous night after heading out with their friends or colleagues, don t hesitate to ask them why they need to drink so much. However, remember not to confront them around other people. You need to remember that even if your loved one wants to stop drinking, it won t be possible to achieve that goal overnight because recovery will be a long and ongoing process.

6. Neglects responsibilities

Do they have trouble showing up for work or completing other kinds of chores or responsibilities they were previously quite efficient at? This is a surefire sign of alcoholism or any other form of addiction because one they re hooked on to the substance, everything else in their life tends to take the backseat.

7. Exhibits withdrawal symptoms

The most common withdrawal symptoms are caused by a lack of alcohol and include feeling extremely irritable, tired, depressed, nauseous and anxious. Other than this, if you notice their hands trembling or shaking and loss of appetite, it is mainly because they re unable to get their daily fix of alcohol.

8. Ignores their health

Despite being diagnosed with a condition or disease where doctors have warned them against drinking, if they re still unable to stop, this is another surefire sign of alcoholism.

9. Lacks basic grooming skills

This point counts only if the person previously dressed well and made it a point to appear well-groomed at all times. If after that, you notice they have gradually stopped caring about their appearance and are constantly in a disheveled state, it could be a sign of addiction and depression.

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