How Do I Know If My Husband Is Alcoholic?
A classic response from any alcoholic is to deny they have a problem with drinking.
You’ve probably been on the other end of that conversation a time or two.
How can you be sure you’re right about him being alcoholic?
Here are a few things you to check out.
This can be a confusing sign because in the early stages of alcoholism it looks like your alcoholic can really handle his booze.
When others are stone drunk he’s able to function. He may even be the life of the party. It may look like he’s the one who should drive everyone home.
The ability to ‘hold’ the alcohol is a very early sign that looks much different as the illness progresses.
Eventually it takes more alcohol to have the same effect. Many alcoholics actually are unable to get the same high they used to get regardless of how much they use.
Inability to Stop
Many alcoholics stop drinking for a few days, even a few weeks or months. The key here is they return to alcohol and the patterns of use resume.
These aren’t successes at quitting, they are relapses back into the booze.
I’m sure you have heard “I can quit anytime”. This is much more of a wish than the truth.
I suggest it’s not a quitting problem it’s the inability to not start again.
When your alcoholic says he doesn’t remember what happened or how he got home after he’s been drinking it could be true.
A characteristic sign of alcoholism is blackouts.
Blackouts are not just memory failure it appears the events of the blackout period are not even recorded in the brain.
When you directly connect legal issues to the use of alcohol such as DUI, Public Intoxication or Drunk and Disorderly, it may be because of alcoholism.
The key here is that in spite of the legal issues there is continued use of alcohol. This inability to connect alcohol to the legal issue and stop is characteristic of this sign.
Alcohol breaks down into acetaldehyde this is part of the body’s detoxification.
When there’s excessive consumption of alcohol it’s much more difficult for the liver to breakdown the acetaldehyde.
This results overtime in complications such as heart disease, high blood pressure, digestive issues and much more.
It not just how much the harm alcohol does to the body but the fact your alcoholic continues to drink when they know the harm exists.
The dominant issue the alcoholic won’t admit but you see frequently is this issue of denial.
It’s characterized by refusal to admit how much is consumed, problems resulting from use or the extend of the influence has over day to day life.
Changing from liquor to beer, avoiding beer to drink only wine or any combination is an example of denial.
The truth is alcohol’s the problem and when you have the illness of alcoholism you can’t control it.
You may see your alcoholic in these signs. Some of the signs may just be at the early stage. If you see two of these signs in place I can assure you there is alcohol dependency.
It’s not about a label but a recognition of the illness. The important part is for you to be able to understand how necessary it is to face this illness head on.
Here’s a simple self administered screening test called the Michigan Alcohol Screening Test (MAST) I’m sure you’ll want to check out.
Do you see the signs of alcoholism with your alcoholic? Please share your toughts with us in the comment section below.