Addiction is a tricky issue to deal with and a part of that trickiness is a difficulty in recognizing alcoholic behavior and addictive behavior. As a person develops an alcohol abuse problem and eventually an addiction, many things about them will change. These changes are largely behavioral (i.e. mental, emotional, and social in nature) but can also be physical as well. While each person with an alcohol addiction is different, there is what is known as classic alcoholic behavior which essentially are common alcoholic personality changes. Get to know some of the best ways of recognizing alcoholic behavior and you will be able to better determine if someone you care about is an alcoholic.
One of the most common ways of recognizing alcoholic behavior is through their usual social activities. If a person begins to either slowly or quickly lose interest in their usual social activities, this could be a sign that they are developing classic alcoholic behavior.
Because alcohol begins to take such a strong hold on a person that is alcoholic, they begin to only care about what they can do while consuming alcohol and want to use and consume alcohol at the cost of everything else in their life. So, if you find that they have skipped a social event and then you find them intoxicated or at the very least consuming alcohol, then you are likely looking at the first early signs of alcoholic personality changes.
Developing an addiction to alcohol significantly alters a person's brain chemistry. Because of that, their emotional stability and their overall emotional state of being will change and shift.
For many people, this means that their personality will shift and anger and agitation will become more prevalent parts of their personality and mental state. Alcoholism causes a person to often become edgy and secretive, wanting to regularly engage in alcohol abuse but also trying to hide the behavior from those closest to them. This can cause them to have a quick trigger and short fuse.
They may also just become angrier in general, particularly when not under the influence of alcohol. This can be the result of cravings or simply be due to the rewiring of the brain. However, after recovery and treatment, many people regain their original personality traits.
It is difficult for people that are alcoholics to be put in situations where they cannot consume alcohol for a long period of time. When this situation occurs, your loved one may become extremely antsy and anxious. They may show signs like shaking their leg, wringing their hands, cracking their knuckles, grinding their teeth, or the like.
All of these behaviors indicate a growing anxiousness that will likely only subside once they have once again had a drink. This pattern of behavior will occur more and more as their addiction increases in severity.
Another common telltale means of recognizing alcoholic behavior is an increase in a person's tolerance to alcohol. If the person is continually drinking more and more to achieve the same effect, they are most definitely on their way to being an alcoholic if they are not already there.
Essentially, the building up of a tolerance to alcohol indicates that their internal body chemistry is changing. The tolerance actually represents physical and chemical changes in the brain, making it more accustomed to the presence of alcohol in the body. Because of this, a person will need to consume more alcohol to achieve the same feelings they may have previously achieved with only a drink or two.
These are a few of the ways that you can recognize alcoholic behavior in a person you love and care about.