Alcoholism is a common disease in today’s society. One in eight adults in the US suffers from alcohol dependence.

Alcoholism can cause many other diseases including heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, liver disease and cancer. It is important to talk to your doctor about drinking problems so further illness can be prevented.

If you or your loved one is experiencing any of the following warning signs, make sure to seek help from a doctor.

warning signs, make sure to seek help from a doctor:

  1. High tolerance

Having to drink more than you used to in order to get buzzed or feel relaxed is a sign of tolerance. You may need more and more alcohol to feel the same effects.

  1. Withdrawal

Waking up in the morning with the shakes or having a drink to avoid these feelings are signs of withdrawal. When you are in withdrawal, you may feel:

  • Anxious or jumpy
  • Shaking or trembling
  • Sweating
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Unable to sleep
  • Depressed
  • Irritable
  • Tired
  1. Loss of control

Even when you tell yourself to stop drinking, you find it hard to stop and end up drinking more than you wanted to. You may even want to stop drinking but are unsuccessful.  Those closest to you may tell you that you should stop drinking.  You hide bottles from them

  1. Loss of focus

Drinking is taking up so much of your time and energy that you do not spend time doing things you normally like to do such as spending time with family and friends

or exercising. Instead, you spend most of your time drinking, thinking about drinking, or recovering from drinking.

5. Denial

You rationalize or deny drinking and its affect on you, your work, relationships and finances.

Your doctor can help you find a path to recovery for alcohol dependence. Talk to your doctor if you are concerned about your drinking or call Union Health Center at 212-924-2510 to schedule an appointment with a doctor.