Alcoholism has become rampant over the years. Knowing the early signs of alcoholism to individuals may help them seek proper intervention to impede the worsening of the condition.

If a person diagnosed with Alcohol Use Disorder persistently drinks, what happens is that the symptoms become more evident and progress until it has become more obvious to nearly everyone that they could say that “that person” has a drinking problem.

While for some, the stereotypical alcoholic individual is easy to determine, the early stage of alcoholism is most likely not.

It is not entirely obvious if someone has a drinking addiction before the disorder has developed. However, there are certain early warning signs that someone may be an alcoholic.

Their interpersonal life is all about alcohol

One of the evident early signs of alcoholism is that they only get along or join parties or events that involve alcoholic beverages. They make their presence felt in situations that drinking is completely put forward and they won’t hesitate if offered.

On the other hand, you may not see them on gatherings or occasions that do not involve alcohol. While they can go visit movies, museums, or parks sometimes, you may notice how eager they want to leave and be at the bar instantly.

Drinking is their way to de-stress

They use alcohol as an excuse for their feelings. Simply put, alcohol matters more to them than it does to everyone else.

They drink when they are happy as well as when they are upset. They drink when they’re excited and drink almost anything and when they’re frustrated. They use alcohol to help with the ups and downs of life. Alcohol serves as a comfort blanket.

As though they are not drunk

Another of the early signs of alcoholism is that they have a high tolerance to alcohol. This person may have exceeded the normal alcohol intake but does not exhibit any intoxication signs.

They’ve acquired an addiction to alcohol, which means it will take more drinks to make them experience the same way one or two drinks used to. If you try to drink around with them, you can sense the consequences even before they consider going downhill.

Obvious changes in the personality

After only a couple of drinks, they will go from being a kind, friendly person to being rude and physically aggressive. Alternatively, they could go from timid and silent to noisy and offensive.

Even if they may not seem to be drunk after a few drinks, their behavior or demeanor can change.

When drinking, they can get excessively emotional, whereas when sober, they barely show any emotional responses.

They get cranky when they don’t drink alcohol

They can become enraged at the most insignificant trigger, or at no trigger at all. This means that when they’re sober, they’re erratic and difficult to talk to.

They’re good when they have a drink in their hand, but if they can’t drink for an extended amount of time, they can get grumpy.

Spontaneous drinking

They can begin by not drinking and then establish a scenario, such as an argument, that provides them with an excuse to begin drinking.

This kind of early signs of alcoholism shows when they start to pledge that they will not drink today, but as soon as they are in the presence of people who are intoxicated, they change their minds.

Or they can tell you they are only going to have one or two drinks, but end up with much more.

They love drinking almost every alcohol

When they have a lot of money, they will drink richer spirits, but when they don’t, they will drink the cheapest alcohol. The labels and types may change, but the drinking will continue.

Many people would actually refuse to drink if their preferred beverage is unavailable. Alcoholics can consume everything they can get their hands on.

Most moderate drinkers have a favorite kind of alcohol or a favorite brand, and they stick to it.

Their drinking habits have caused distress, dysfunction, and even danger to their lives

Any people who have had issues as a result of their drinking or who have simply humiliated themselves when drunk will simply swear off and never drink again. However, an alcoholic continues to drink despite ongoing issues.

They may have lost their career as a result of skipping work due to their drinking habits. Alternatively, they may have had run-ins with the law while drinking.

Finding ways to drink alcohol

Due to their immense addiction to alcohol, they may find ways or means to even buy one.

They might not have enough money to ask you out on a date, but they do have enough to buy beer. They might also postpone purchasing anything they need or defer such financial commitments if it means they may be unable to purchase alcohol as well.

If they are all out of money, they can go to a friend’s house and drink their liquor.

History of alcoholism to their family

Go meet someone’s family while you’re dating them. If they have any blood relatives with drug problems—parents, brothers, aunts, or uncles—and are showing symptoms of having substance use issues themselves, it may be an indication that they would become an addict.

And compared to the general population, those with a family history of alcoholism have a much greater chance of becoming alcoholics.

While we do not want to conclude that the person you know would instantly be an addict, the chances are high that they are at risk of alcoholism.

Alcoholism consequences

Denial is one of the primary reasons that millions of people do not undergo alcohol use disorder therapy. Some people continue to justify their drinking habits. For example, you might blame your drinking on other people or situations. If anyone suggests your heavy drinking pattern, you become stubborn rather than admitting the issues you’ve had with alcohol.

Alcoholism can cause a variety of problems with your personal and professional life. Prolonged alcohol places you at risk of major cardiovascular problems which may have some potentially fatal effects.

You are stopping yourself from leading a safe, sober life by continuing to consider the harmful effects of alcohol.

It’s time to stop coming up with excuses for your drinking and start getting the treatment you need. Learn about alcoholism treatment options and other tools to help you get started on your treatment journey right away.


Alcoholism has become a rampant and progressive problem for many years now. Psychologists and medical professionals have continuously put the effort into coming up with a systematic approach to better help individuals having problems with alcoholism. The early signs of alcoholism mentioned above are necessary to take note to impede the worsening of the condition and even lead to chronic alcoholism.

You will also want to learn more about what you can and cannot do to support an addict, as well as whether something you are doing now is allowing the alcoholic to resume their negative spiral.

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Nicole T. Conquilla is a 21-year old registered Psychometrician in the Philippines. She is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Psychology who is a strong mental health advocate and encourages people to discuss, help, and support one another to cope and get through their mental health problems.

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