When your spouse drinks too much alcohol and too often, he or she could be at risk of developing alcoholism. Some people have a genetic predisposition for becoming addicted to alcohol. Drinking alcohol can cause serious mental and physical health problems. Alcohol affects the brain and can lead to liver failure, heart attack, overdose, and early death. Many people experience accidents fueled by alcohol intake.
Here are some visible signs your spouse has a problem with alcohol:
- Drinks too much alcohol. If your spouse continues to drink despite how many he or she already had, they have problems with alcohol that can lead to alcohol abuse or alcoholism. Intervene with your loved one, but be careful with your choice of words. For example, do not use the word alcoholic.
- Experiences blackouts. If your spouse experiences an alcohol-induced blackout, he or she has no recollection because the part of the brain that forms memories is impaired. A person who has a blackout when he or she drinks is at risk of having more blackouts, which could lead to alcoholism.
- Neglecting responsibilities. When your spouse has a problem with alcohol, he or she might neglect responsibilities, such as paying the bills, cleaning the house, or caring for children.
- Lies about drinking. If your spouse lies about drinking alcohol or drinks secretly, he or she is at risk of developing a drinking problem.
- Engages in risky behavior. When your spouse is drinking too much, he or she can act impulsively and irresponsibly.
- Frequently late or absent for work. A person who has a drinking problem can experience a hangover the next day, causing him or her to be late for work or not go at all. A drinking problem can jeopardize your spouse’s job.
- Changes in personality. When a person has a drinking problem, he or she is more irritable, depressed, or anxious. Sometimes a person will lose interest in activities he or she once enjoyed and might drink to feel more comfortable in social situations.
If you notice your spouse has a drinking problem, talk to him or her about treatment. Stay positive and encourage him or her to get help. It can save your spouse’s life. Support your spouse and attend some group meetings to learn more about recovery.
If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction or substance abuse, get help now. Nexus Recovery Services specializes in treatment for drug and alcohol addiction. Our mission is to provide tools and support for every client’s seamless transition into a meaningful and fulfilling life of sobriety. We offer a free and confidential consultation. Call us to get started: 310-881-9151