Addiction.com defines alcoholism as, “a chronic disease that makes the body dependent on alcohol.” The website lists some of the signs of alcoholism as:
- Drinking alone or keeping consumption of alcohol secret.
- Loss of interest in activities, hobbies, and friends.
- Feeling compelled to drink.
- Gulping drinks, ordering multiple drinks or doubles, getting drunk intentionally to feel good, normal or to overcome shyness.
- Increasing tolerance to alcohol to achieve the same “buzz” or high.
- Drinking rituals or being extremely annoyed if this ritual is disturbed or questioned by others.
- Problems developing with relationships, job, finances, or work.
- Denial that there is a problem with alcohol.
- Stashing alcohol for ready access.
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