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help with alcohol abuse and addiction

Alcohol abuse and addiction is a common problem in Canada, and the rest of the world as well. This is a problem that affects many age groups and income levels, and no part of society is free of this issue. How can you tell if you have a problem with alcohol abuse and addiction though? If you can not stop drinking then this is a good indication that you have a problem and help is needed immediately. There are a number of signs that can indicate you require alcohol abuse or addiction treatment, and if you notice any of these then you need to think about what is going on in your life and reach out for the help that you want and need. Signs of alcohol abuse and addiction include:

  • Experiencing a sense of guilt or shame when you drink.

  • Hiding how much or how often you drink from others.

  • Lying about your drinking habits to friends and family.

  • Feeling an urge to drink that is strong, especially when you are stressed or uptight.

  • Drinking alcohol every day or almost every day.

  • Drinking until you pass out.

  • Blackouts or a loss of memory when you drink.

  • Legal problems caused by your drinking habits, such as being arrested for DUI or for fighting or assault because of your drinking.

  • Financial difficulties because of the money that you spend on alcoholic products.

If you need help with alcohol abuse or addiction there are treatment programs available that can help you turn your life around, but you can not receive help if you are not willing to take it.