As a legal and widely accepted drug, it’s extremely rare to find someone nowadays who isn’t familiar with alcohol, and almost equally as rare to find someone who hasn’t had a friend or family member struggle with alcoholism at some point in their life. Because of its wide acceptance and mainstream use, many people think that alcohol isn’t a drug, or that using it won’t cause problems like other drugs. This assumption is simply false. 55% of inmates in prison in the US are there because of some alcohol related crime. That’s over half of our prison’s population. Our culture sees social use of alcohol as completely acceptable. This creates a challenge by blurring the line between habitual social alcohol use and habitual alcohol abuse to the point where by the time someone recognizes they are abusing alcohol, it has gone so far as to become a major problem for them and the people in their lives.
With the mindset of “Well everyone else is doing it!”, how can you tell if someone has issues with alcohol? Here are some of the warning signs: