Most people enjoy a drink from time to time — beer or wine or a cocktail at dinner or at a special occasion. But then, without even noticing it, things go sideways and drinking becomes the centerpiece of a person’s life. It’s understandable to wonder at those moments, “Am I an alcoholic?”
It’s an important question with no objective answer. Alcoholism isn’t diagnosed based on how much you drink. The answer to “Am I an alcoholic?” is judged on the impact that alcohol has on your life — how it changes your ability to enjoy life and whether it interferes with healthy relationships.
When the impact of alcohol starts having those negative impacts, it’s time to consider getting help. Professionals at Amatus Recovery Centers can help you answer the question, “Am I an alcoholic?” and build a treatment plan to help you restore a life of sobriety.
Alcoholism, also known as alcohol use disorder, is a serious disease that is painfully common across the nation and the world. Put simply, alcoholics realign their priorities to put their drink of choice first, before almost anything else in their lives. For that reason, alcoholism is considered an illness in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
While alcoholism isn’t based on a quantity of drinking, it does involve excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages — it’s just that what’s excessive for you may not be excessive for me.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that the negative effects of alcohol are always plainly noticeable. A subset of alcoholics is known as the high-functioning alcoholic — someone who fits the diagnostic criteria yet hides his or her problems from the world.
Understanding the ways in which alcohol can interfere with your life can help provide an answer to the question, “Am I an alcoholic?” Furthermore, it can determine if you need an alcohol addiction treatment center.
A Common Disease
About 15 million adults in the United States have been diagnosed with an alcohol-use disorder, according to the National Institutes of Health. But only a small portion receive treatment, and the effects of alcoholism are often devastating.
The NIH estimates that alcohol-related problems, including social challenges such as lost productivity, cost the country a staggering $250 billion a year.
Worldwide, the human toll is also enormous. According to the World Health Organization, alcohol claims the lives of about 3 million people each year. The 20-to-40-year-old age group alone accounts for about 14 percent of alcohol-related deaths.
More men than women struggle from alcoholism in the United States, by about a two-to-one margin. The answer to the question, “Am I an alcoholic,” then, has immense ramifications for the individual and society alike.
Am I An Alcoholic?
Clinical professionals at Amatus Recovery Center can help provide an authoritative answer to the question, “Am I an alcoholic?” Our team will work with you to conduct a thorough and compassionate screening, followed by — if appropriate — a treatment program. Some good indications of problems with alcohol that suggest that you or a loved one may want to get a professional opinion include:
- Concealing your drinking
- Uncontrolled drinking
- Experiences instance of blacking out from a night of drinking
- Responding defensively is someone comments on your drinking
- Continuing to drink even though it’s causing problems
- Showing withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, sweating or shaking
Breaking the Cycle of Dependence
If you’ve felt the need to ask, “Am I an alcoholic?” there may be a good reason for you to seek professional help. The clinical team at Amatus Recovery Centers will work with you to conduct a confidential, comprehensive evaluation to get to the bottom of your troubles. If the answer is yes, we will create a customized treatment plan including detox, counseling, and aftercare. Our centers can also assist with other forms of substance abuse. Contact us 833.631.0525 today for a consultation.