Signs That a Loved One is Struggling With Alcohol

Identifying When There is an Issue

Unfortunately, many individuals across the U.S. struggle with alcohol abuse or alcoholism. While this may be a result of an underlying co-occurring mental health disorder, a large part of the problem is due to the fact that alcohol is easily available and acceptable to consume. Too many people take their drinking out of control and become dependent on the substance. 

It’s important to realize that even though an individual can hold a steady job and be successful in life, they just as well have an addiction in the midst of it all. Alcohol abuse can often be easily hidden and hard to notice, especially in those who make it a habit to drink secretly or not disclose their problems to their colleagues, family, or friends. Over time though, their alcohol abuse problem will become apparent and it will become more difficult to disguise. 

When Does Alcohol Consumption Become a Problem?

While some drinkers are in denial about their alcohol consumption, others realize that their condition has become out of control and hard to manage. Alcohol can cause huge problems in the lives of individuals who struggle with alcohol abuse and can take a toll on every facet of their being. 

Some of the most common signs of alcoholism are:

  • Developing an increased tolerance to alcohol 
  • Consuming a large amount of alcohol over a long period of time
  • Spending a lot of your time recovering from the effects of mass alcohol consumption
  • Not being able to fulfill your life responsibilities due to your drinking
  • Continuing to abuse alcohol despite the fact that it is taking a devastating toll on your life

If you or someone you know is displaying signs of alcohol abuse, help is needed right away as alcohol abuse is a problem that continues to worsen over the course of time. Since it is a progressive and chronic disease, an individual’s alcohol abuse patters will continue to worsen while also becoming relapsing. With the proper treatment program, individuals can work through their alcohol abuse problems in order to obtain sobriety.

Some of the physical signs of alcoholism include:

  • Tremors
  • Racing heart
  • Inability to sleep/insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Lack of coordination
  • Seizures

Medical Detox for Alcohol Abusers

It’s important that those who struggle with alcohol abuse get themselves into monitored medical detox. Those who have abused alcohol for an extended period of time will require a period of detox prior to beginning in a treatment program. It’s highly advised that individuals do not detox on their own as this can bring about seizures which can be dangerous and even fatal in severe cases. The best way to wean yourself off of alcohol is through a monitored detox process at a professional treatment center. The detox period can take anywhere between three days to seven days depending on the severity of the addiction. 

If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse, help is available. The longer you wait to seek help, the worse your condition will get. The key to obtaining long-term sobriety is to get help today.


If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.

About the Author

is a proud alumni member of WhiteSands Treatment. After living a life of chaos, destruction and constant let downs, Mark was able to make a complete turnaround that sparked a new way of life. He is serious about his recovery along with helping others. At WhiteSands Treatment, we offer support to you in your homes or when you are out living in your daily lives.