Alcoholism is not something that develops overnight. Often, the behavior begins quite innocently and possibly with an over use or binge drinking. Over time, this behavior slowly spirals out of control and before you know it, your son or daughter is an alcoholic.
And they won’t see that any time soon. At alcohol rehab, we often say that the alcoholic is the last person to know. So, though the signs may be obvious to, you your child may be completely oblivious.
The signs of alcoholism are easy to spot once you know what to look for. Both alcoholism and anxiety are also closely related so keep an eye out for anxiety related issues when your loved on is NOT drinking.
Most parents don’t want to admit that their son is an alcoholic or that their beautiful daughter is an alcoholic. That is understandable. It’s a difficult thing to admit to, and often parents blame themselves if their children develop alcoholism. For now, we hope that you use this guide to spot the signs of alcoholism your child may be displaying.
The physical signs of alcoholism are closely related to the signs of contact intoxication. Be sure to pay attention to morning behaviors. Constant hangover symptoms are a sign of alcohol dependence in your child.
- Eyes are blood shot and glazed over often – just after they wake up but throughout the day.
- Vomiting in the morning and constant dizziness
- Erratic sleep cycle – often over sleeping every morning and constant fatigue
- Slurred speech
- Lack of coordination and bruises from falling
- Deterioration in physical appearance and personal grooming
- Unusually bad breath or body odor
It’s important to remember that alcohol is a depressant and thus, the long-term emotional signs of alcoholism relate to depression and anxiety. An increase in either to an unmanageable point is a clear sign that your son or daughter is an alcoholic.
- Sudden, extreme mood swings, such as irritability and sadness
- Down mood
- Lack of motivation
- Withdrawn behavior
- Constant dishonesty
- Impaired judgement – often making dangerous and foolish decisions
The physical and emotional changes lead to environmental changes. These are the real-world consequences of their addiction manifesting. If your daughter or son is an alcoholic, then these are likely going to the be the first noticeable changes you see. Once these signs your parental senses will go off and you should begin to notice the physical and emotional changes that were always there.
- Poor occupational functioning – trouble at work or school
- Lost interest in socializing
- Complaints from friend and other loved ones
- Constant clashing and arguments with family
- Sudden requests for financial help
- Change of friends – losing good influences and hanging out with the wrong crowd
What To Do Next?
It’s important to note that you have to get the help of a professional. Usually, alcoholism is the result of some mental issues, trauma, or emotional struggles. Dealing with the root cause can aid in beating the addiction.
Consider dual diagnosis treatment that deals with the alcoholism and the underlying issues that are causing these problems.