Some people love to have a drink when they go out, many like to have a drink with dinner and some people love to get plastered on a night out with their friends. However some people are unable to control their drinking and this can become a problem and affect a person’s health and ultimately life.

There are so many health issues related to alcoholism such as heart disease, anaemia, cancer, heart disease and cirrhosis.

Since drinking is so common in many cultures and the effects vary so widely from person to person, it’s not always easy to figure out where the line is between social drinking and problem drinking. The bottom line is how alcohol affects you. If your drinking is causing problems in your life, you have a drinking problem.

After reading a lot of articles and research papers on the subject there are some signs that may be useful to everyone:

Do you think you or someone you love has a drinking problem?

  • Feel guilty or ashamed about your drinking.
  • Lie to others or hide your drinking habits.
  • Have friends or family members who are worried about your drinking.
  • Need to drink in order to relax or feel better.
  • “Black out” or forget what you did while you were drinking.
  • Regularly drink more than you intended to
Signs and symptoms of alcohol abuse include:
  • Repeatedly neglecting your responsibilities at home, work, or school because of your drinking. For example, performing poorly at work, flunking classes, neglecting your kids, or skipping out on commitments because you’re hung over.
  • Using alcohol in situations where it’s physically dangerous, such as drinking and driving, operating machinery while intoxicated, or mixing alcohol with prescription medication against doctor’s orders.
  • Continuing to drink even though your alcohol use is causing problems in your relationships. Getting drunk with your buddies, for example, even though you know your wife will be very upset, or fighting with your family because they dislike how you act when you drink
  • Drinking as a way to relax or de-stress. Many drinking problems start when people use alcohol to self-soothe and relieve stress. Getting drunk after every stressful day, for example, or reaching for a bottle every time you have an argument with your spouse or boss.

If you think someone you love has ticked any of the above boxes then please do not argue with them and attempt to get them help. There are numerous organisations alongside your GP who can help you get the support and information that you need. I would always say that if you are ever worried for your or a child’s safety, please get out as quickly as you can. No one should be in the presence of someone who is not in their senses-Sadly you just cannot predict what some people are capable of doing.