4 signs to spot alcohol addiction: Booze is one of the biggest risk factors for death, ill-health, and disability in the UK, yet signs of its serious misuse can be hard to identify. While there's nothing wrong with enjoying a glass of wine after a stressful day, evidence suggests many of us are unable to make sensible choices when it comes to booze.
In fact, alcohol misuse is the biggest risk factor for death, ill health, and disability among 15 to 49-year-olds in the UK. While both sexes are at risk, 65% of all alcohol-related deaths in the UK in 2014 were male.
In England alone there are an estimated 595,131 dependent drinkers. But alcohol addiction can be difficult to spot. The sliding scale ranges from needing to get drunk every Friday night, to risking everything to get a daily fix. Alcohol is a drug, and people can easily become addicted. Unfortunately, the signs can often go unnoticed, as those affected are often extremely skilled at covering their tracks.
1. behavioural changes
Quite often people who are addicted will not act like themselves. For example, they may have extreme mood swings or appear irritable. They might become angry if they are unable to get access to alcohol, or if others don't want to join in. They may even become secretive as they feed their addiction in private, or make excuses to justify their excessive drinking - such as a bad week or a break-up. They are likely to become increasingly isolated.
2. life changes
Alcohol can become the most important aspect of an addict's life, and they may risk losing things in order to drink. You might notice they regularly miss work, or get in trouble as their performance dwindles for no apparent reason. They may constantly argue with friends and family members, or have a failed relationship as a result of their erratic behaviour.