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Five Warning Signs of Alcohol Abuse

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

January 22, 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.

Though alcohol abuse doesn’t cause a physical dependency, it still is a serious issue that things like stress at home or work, a breakup, a traumatic experience, or other similar experiences can bring on. Knowing the warning signs of alcohol abuse can help to recognize if you or a loved one has a problem.

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 life or in the life of a loved one, basic day-to-day responsibilities often get left behind. Tasks you would normally do in your personal life, at school, or at work might suffer, resulting in poor work performance and failing grades, for example.


Impaired Judgment that
Leads to Risky Decisions


Choosing to operate a vehicle while drinking is an example of impaired judgment. 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,” to get a better night’s sleep, to relax, to 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 December 29, 2016.

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