Warning Signs of Alcoholism


Do you have to drink more than you used to in order to get buzzed?
Can you drink more than other people without getting drunk?

If you answered yes to either question or both, you may have signs of tolerance which can be an early warning sign of alcoholism. Tolerance means that, over time, you need more and more alcohol to feel the same effects.


Do you need a drink to steady the shakes in the morning?

If again the answer is yes, you are likely drinking to relieve or avoid withdrawal symptoms, a sign of alcoholism and a huge red flag. When you drink heavily, your body gets used to the alcohol and experiences withdrawal symptoms if it’s taken away.

Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms Frequently Include:

Anxiety or jumpiness                 Insomnia                  Loss of appetite  

Shakiness or trembling             Depression              Headache

Sweating                                       Irritability                 Fatigue

Nausea and vomiting               

In severe cases, withdrawal from alcohol can also involve hallucinations, confusion, seizures, fever, and agitation. These symptoms can be dangerous, so talk to your doctor if you are a heavy drinker and want to quit. Admitting that there’s a serious problem can be painful, and not just the alcohol abuser. But don’t be ashamed. You’re not alone. Alcoholism and alcohol abuse affects millions of individuals, from every social class, race, and culture. Always know there is help and support available for you or a loved one.

For information on treatment services, call the Redline at 800-889-9789
The Redline is a service of the Tennessee Association of Alcohol, Drug & other Addiction Services.