7 Signs that Could Indicate Your Loved One has an Alcohol Problem

Drinking too much alcohol and too often can put a person at risk of developing an alcohol abuse disorder or alcoholism. Drinking alcohol can cause severe mental and physical health problems. Alcohol affects the brain and can lead to liver failure, heart attack, overdose, or death.

Here are 7 signs that could indicate your loved one has an alcohol problem:

  1. Neglects responsibilities. When your loved one has an alcohol problem, they can neglect responsibilities such as paying the bills on time, cleaning the house, or caring for children and themselves.
  2. Drinks too much alcohol. When a person drinks alcohol despite how many they already had, they have problems with alcohol that can lead to alcohol abuse and addiction. Talk about your concerns with your loved one and use supportive language to encourage them to get help. Never use the word alcoholic or denial.
  3. Experiences blackouts. If your loved one experiences a blackout, they have no recollection because the part of the brain that forms memories is impaired. A person who has a blackout when they drink alcohol is at risk of having more blackouts, which can cause overdose and addiction.
  4. Lies about drinking alcohol. A person who has a drinking problem lies about drinking alcohol or secretly drinks.
  5. Engages in risky behavior. Alcohol makes a person act impulsively and irresponsibly.
  6. Frequently late or absent for school or work. If your loved one has a drinking problem, they can experience a hangover the next day, causing them to be late for school or work, or absent. A drinking problem can jeopardize your loved one’s job.
  7. Changes in personality. If your loved one is more irritable, depressed, or anxious, they could have an alcohol problem. A person who has a drinking problem will lose interest in activities they once enjoyed.

If you notice your loved one has a drinking problem, talk to him or her about treatment. Stay positive and supportive. Do not belittle, shame, or degrade your loved one. Attend group meetings with your loved one to learn more about addiction and recovery.

Getting help for addiction

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction or a substance use disorder, get help today. Do not be afraid to ask for help. Addiction is isolating but you are not alone. Treatment can be tailored to your unique needs and will help restore your health, renew your spirit, and allow you to enjoy a new, healthy, and fulfilling lifestyle in sobriety.


Daylight Recovery Services takes a holistic approach to substance abuse and co-occurring disorder treatment to address the physical, psychological, and spiritual facets of addiction and recovery. We ensure clients emerge from our facility with the proper tools and confidence in their ability to lead a healthy, enjoyable life. If you or someone you love is ready to break free of the bondage of addiction, contact one of our recovery experts today at 1-833-2DAYLIGHT.