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 lead to serious mental and physical health problems. Alcohol affects the brain and can lead to liver failure, heart attack, overdose, and death. Many people experience accidents fueled by alcohol intake.
Here are 7 signs that your spouse has a drinking problem:
- Drinking 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. Intervene with your loved one, but never label your spouse as an alcoholic.
- Blacking out. If your spouse experiences a 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 cause dependency or addiction.
- Neglecting responsibilities. When your spouse has an alcohol problem, he or she neglects responsibilities such as paying the bills on time, cleaning the house, or caring for children.
- Lying about drinking. If your spouse lies about drinking alcohol or drinks secretly, he or she might have a drinking problem.
- Engaging 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. A person with a drinking problem is more irritable, depressed, or anxious. Sometimes a person who has a drinking problem will lose interest in activities he or she once enjoyed.
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. A person with a drinking problem might feel guilty or ashamed of his or herself. Do not belittle or degrade your loved one. Support your spouse and attend some group meetings to learn more about recovery.
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