Because the use of alcohol is so embedded in American culture, it may be difficult to discern whether you or a loved needs help. Unlike the use of other, illicit drugs the signs and symptoms of alcohol addiction may be difficult to identify. It was reported in 2015 by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse that there were 15.1 million people diagnosed with Alcohol Use Disorder and only 6.7% of them received treatment. Our interpretation of this fact is that most people are not talking about their issue and subsequently rarely get treated for a potentially fatal illness. If you or someone you know near Longmont Colorado is struggling with alcohol addiction, call The Redpoint Center today to speak to someone who can help. Learn about our Boulder County Mental Health Programs here.
Here are some common signs and symptoms of alcohol use disorder:
- Short-term memory loss, both under the influence and in periods of abstinence
- Irritability and extreme mood swings
- Drinking to relax or “feel normal”
- Drinking in spite of, or instead of responsibilities and obligations
- Hiding or concealing the amount or frequency of use
- Changes in physical appearance