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Five Warning Signs of Alcohol Abuse

Stay up-to-date with these alcohol abuse warning signs to protect your or a loved one’s health.

April 02, 2019 | HF Healthy Living Team

Alcohol abuse can be extremely harmful to your overall health and well-being. It’s important to understand that genetics puts some people at more of a risk for alcohol abuse.

Alcohol abuse doesn’t cause a physical dependency, but it is still is a serious issue that can be brought on by things like stress at home or work, a breakup, a traumatic experience, or other similar experiences.

Alcoholism, or alcohol dependency, is a disease that causes a loss of control when drinking, strong cravings for alcohol, an increased tolerance to feel the same effect, and withdrawal symptoms.

Click on the images below to find out the most common warning signs of alcohol abuse now.

Avoiding Day-to-Day


If alcohol use has become a problem in your or a loved one’s life, basic day-to-day responsibilities often get left behind. These things could include tasks you would normally do in your personal life, at school, or at work. Some examples are poor work performance, failing grades, and more.


Impaired Judgment that
Leads to Risky Decisions


One example of impaired judgment is operating a vehicle while drinking. This should always be avoided. If you drive while under the influence of alcohol, you could risk injury or even death, for yourself or someone else.


Short-Term Memory
Loss or Blackouts


Short-term memory loss or blackouts are two common symptoms of alcohol abuse to be aware of if you think you’re drinking too much. If they happen frequently and you drink regularly, talk to your doctor.


Other Health Problems


Alcohol abuse can lead to health problems, including, but not limited to, liver trouble, heart failure, intestinal issues, and changes in behavior. Be sure to keep up with your yearly doctor checkups to make sure you’re in good health.


Drinking to
Solve a Problem


If you or a loved one is drinking to feel “normal,” get a better night’s sleep, relax, improve your mood, or to handle problems in general, you may be at risk of alcohol abuse. If this issue arises, seek help from a doctor.


If you or a loved one displays warning signs of alcohol abuse, check out some free resources and services to get help.


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“Alcohol and Drug Use,” NYC Health. Accessed March 30, 2020.

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