Alcoholism Warning Signs

There are several indicators that can signify a budding alcohol problem. The University of Maryland Health Center lists ten warning signs of problematic drinking:1

  • Getting drunk repeatedly
  • Continuing to drink when others have called it quits
  • Comments and attitudes of peers indicating concern on their part for your drinking
  • Drinking due to a compelling need for alcohol when lonely, depressed, anxious, etc.
  • Experiencing blackouts
  • Feeling more comfortable under the influence of alcohol than when sober
  • Increasing tolerance and decreased hangover symptoms
  • Out-of-character behavior
  • A pattern of negative consequences associated with alcohol use
  • Rationalizing/excusing the need for alcohol and becoming defensive when others express concern


1 UMD University Heath Center: 10 Warning Signs. http://www.inform.umd.edu/Health/TEXTONLY/HealthEd/AOD/warningsigns.html. August 5, 2002.

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