Symptoms of Alcoholism

Symptoms of AlcoholismLike any and every drug in the world, the symptoms of abuse generally present themselves through behavior first, with the end result of use causing physical damage.

In chronic cases of meth abuse, the physical and long term effects can lead to a stroke, heart attack, and even death.


When someone is abusing alcohol, it always presents itself in behavior first. The following are some behaviors that may indicate alcohol abuse:

  • Drinking in secret
  • Hiding alcohol
  • “Blacking out” – not remembering actions, conversations, or commitments
  • Excessive talking / Chattiness
  • Aggression to the point of violence
  • Reckless and risky behavior
  • Lack of judgment
  • “Chugging” drinks
  • Needing to drink to feel “normal”
  • Promiscuity
  • Legal problems due to alcohol (DUI, OMV, etc..)

Mental / Emotional

Once an individual begins to lose control, alcohol will begin to affect their mental and emotional states. This can be seen with symptoms like:

  • Intense depression
  • Intense elation
  • Alertness
  • Anxiety
  • Loss of contact with reality
  • Paranoia
  • Air of superiority
  • Invincibility
  • Wild mood swings
  • Extreme irritability
  • Hallucinations


With chronic use, all drugs eventually take a physical toll on the body. The following are both short term and long term physical effects that alcohol can have on an individual:

  • Insomnia
  • Dizziness
  • Itchy and/or dry skin
  • Flushing
  • Numbness
  • Dry mouth
  • Yellow skin
  • Liver Disease
  • Abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia)
  • Rapid heartbeat (tachycardia)
  • Heart palpitations
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Hyperactivity
  • Constipation or Diarrhea
  • Blurred vision
  • Low blood pressure (hypotension)
  • Twitching and tremors
  • Headache
  • Rapid breathing (tachypnea)
  • Elevated body temperature (hyperthermia)
  • Profuse sweating (diaphoresis)
  • Nausea