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Do You Have A Drinking Problem?

By: Somya Ojha

Indulging in alcohol every once in a while is something that most of us do. Or, is it? As per a recent survey, more than 10 million Indians are suffering from alcoholism, also known as the uncontrolled drinking problem. Yep, you read that right, that is how common it is.

It means that most of us have made alcohol consumption a part of our daily life. And the alarming number of people suffering from this problem is definitely a cause of concern.

Mainly because drinking problem can wreck havoc in an individual's life and also adversely affect his/her mental and physical health. Moreover, the addictive nature of alcohol makes it harder for people to get rid of the drinking problem.

But, truth be told, this is one habit that can cause an irreparable damage to your mental and also your physical ability to live a decent life. So, you must always be on a watch out for the warning signs to be able to protect yourself from the harrowing effects of this problem.

Here, we have listed certain trouble signs that you must be aware of to ensure that you never suffer from a drinking problem.

Note: If you're experiencing any of the following signs, then we recommend you to consult a doctor to know more about the underlying cause.


1. Persistent Strong Cravings

Persistent strong cravings to drink alcohol is, undeniably, the clearest indication of a drinking problem. People who suffer from this problem always feel a strong urge to drink alcohol. And not being able to do that may cause mental and physical distress.


2. Regular Blackouts

This is another unavoidable trouble sign of a drinking problem. Blackouts, feeling dizzy is something that people suffering from a drinking problem are known to experience on a regularly basis.


3. Memory Loss

It is a well-known fact that alcohol can have damaging effects on your brain's ability to function efficiently. People who've got a serious drinking problem may experience memory loss from time to time.


4. Anxiety

Alcohol can have adverse effects on your mental health. Anyone suffering from a drinking problem may experience a range of mental issues like anxiety, depression, loneliness, etc. In severe cases, it might also lead to long-term mental issues.


5. Shakiness

People who have a drinking problem are more likely to experience shakiness or trembling. And though it might seem harmless, it could hold you back from being able to get by your day-to-day activity and also adversely affect your productivity.


6. Nausea

Over-indulgence in alcohol consumption can also cause nausea in an individual. Most people are known to experience it right after waking up, but in a few severe cases, people might keep feeling that way for the rest of the day.


7. Slurred Speech

As mentioned earlier, over-consumption of alcohol for a prolonged period of time may cause severe damage to different parts of your body. One of them being the ability to communicate effectively. People who have a drinking problem are known to have slurred speech.

Read more about: alcohol, alcoholism
Story first published: Monday, October 24, 2016, 11:30 [IST]
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