Alcoholism is a devastating illness that affects not just the individual, but the friends and family as well. You don’t have to lose everything to be an alcoholic. Your husband may never have lost a job because of his drinking. He may have never been arrested or gotten a DUI. That doesn’t mean that he isn’t an alcoholic (and it could mean that these things just haven’t happened yet).
The following are 5 signs your husband may be an alcoholic:
- He hides how much he drinks
Does your husband lie about how much he drinks? Does he try to sneak drinks? Have you ever found bottles of liquor hidden around the house?
- He acts like a different person when he drinks
When your husband drinks, is it like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde? This is especially cause for concern if your husband becomes aggressive or violent when he drinks.
- He goes on benders
While daily drinking is a sign of alcoholism, a person does not have to be a daily drinker to be an alcoholic. Your husband may not drink for days or even weeks at a time. It is not necessarily about how much a person drinks, but what happens to a person when he drinks. If when your husband does drinks, he goes on benders and disappears for hours or days it is a sign that he is an alcoholic.
- He becomes defensive when questioned about his drinking
Does he become overly defensive or angry when you bring up his drinking? If he shuts you out every time you try to discuss his drinking with him, this could be sign that he too is aware that there is a problem, but that he is not ready to deal with it yet.
- He is experiencing physical consequences as a result of his drinking
Prolonged alcohol abuse can cause serious medical issues. Alcoholism is linked to a number of diseases—it can lead to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, liver failure and cancer. However, there are also subtler signs such as fatigue, stomach problems, regular hangovers and impotence.
There is a Solution is a free service that finds help for those who are struggling with drug and alcohol addictions. We can help you and your family begin the process of recovery together. While it may seem like the alcoholic is the only one that needs help because he or she is one with the disease, the truth is that alcoholism is a family illness. We strongly encourage and recommend that family members take advantage of family programs offered in treatment—both for their sake and the sake of their loved one.
If you are concerned that your husband is an alcoholic, you are not alone. Call There is a Solution today at 1-800-832-5250.