Recognizing that alcohol has been controlling your life is one of the most difficult things to do. It will even be more difficult to admit such condition to others and try to seek help. However, it is extremely important to be honest with yourself and ask the hard questions. Knowing and admitting that you have a problem is perhaps the most significant step towards treatment.
When your family or friends comment on the amount and frequency of your drinking, do you feel defensive or even annoyed? Do you drink in secret to avoid people seeing you and making comments that you do not want to hear? Do you get irritated when you cannot get a drink? Do you experience nausea or shivering if you do not drink? A ‘yes’ to one of these questions may mean that alcohol has already imposed a certain degree of control in your life.
Frequently drinking alone may be considered a sign of alcohol abuse as most people would usually enjoy a drink or two with company. Drinking everyday to function or even to sleep is also an indication. Making excuses just to drink, drinking in secret and inability to stop or control drinking are also clear warning signs.
If you feel that alcohol plays a bigger part in your life than you want it to, don’t hesitate to seek help. Several self-tests are available online to assist you in telling if you are an alcoholic. While these may help you identify the problem, this will not offer instant solutions. You may discuss with your physician what would be the best plan of action for you to claim your life back.