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Understanding the problem: Signs of alcohol abuse

Watching a loved one spiral into alcoholism is one of the toughest experiences a person can deal with during his or her lifetime. A situation such as this is tragic, because a substance addict is often not even aware of a problem until it is too late. This is why it's important to know the signs and symptoms of severe alcoholism, so that individuals who see that a family member or friend is at risk can do something about it to prevent the alcoholic from entering a worse state.

According to WebMD, an online medical information source, there are a variety of signs that someone you know is becoming an alcohol addict. Some are behavioral, the source reported, including issues remembering recent events, balance control problems, attention deficits and even temporary moments of confusion and anxiety. It's important to note that each person exhibits these symptoms differently, and it is up to their loved ones to be able to differentiate between a separate condition and substance abuse.

Physiologically, alcoholics exhibit some common signs, such as pale, blotchy skin and eyes, muscular deterioration, gastrointestinal distress and cardiopulmonary complications. Sustained consumption of liquor or beer can even exacerbate other ailments as well. 

In rarer cases, an alcoholic may suffer from ongoing legal troubles. A few operating under the influence (OUI) convictions are a clear sign that someone has a drinking problem.

If there is someone you know who is dealing with any of these issues, it might be wise to think about stepping in and trying to rectify the situation. Intervention Services can help by finding and contracting an alcohol interventionist who has the training and demeanor to handle a tough situation. Contact us today to learn more! 

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