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If you are misusing alcohol, it may help you to talk to a therapist. Here's a selection of the verified and qualified therapists on PlusGuidance who can help you identify and work with you to overcome this. Most of them offer consultations.
The heavy dependence on alcohol (alcoholism) to function in life means you are addicted. You are unable to stop drinking even when it's causing problems, and you have withdrawal symptoms that trigger you to drink again after a break.
If alcohol makes you violent, mean or abusive, and others are worried or scared of you when you drink, you have a problem.
If you tend to put yourself or others in danger, e.g. by drunk-driving or operating a machine while under the influence, that's considered misuse. Furthermore, the risk of suicide is increased while drunk, namely if you are depressed or have other mental health struggles.
Drinking lots of alcohol to numb out emotional pain, or because you don't care about yourself or wouldn't mind dying - they're signs you need help.
If your drinking causes you to neglect work, social and life obligations and be disengaged with sober life, you are abusing alcohol.
You regularly end up drinking for longer or more than first intended
More than once, you've tried to cut down on your drinking, but failed
You spend a lot of time drinking or recovering from the effects of it
You drink in spite of social problems resulting from the drinking
You've been arrested or had other legal problems because of your drinking
You need a lot more to drink to get the same effect as in the past
You've cut back on activities you used to find enjoyable, so you can drink more
Others are worried about your drinking or start distancing themselves from you because of your drinking
More than once, you've ended up in dangerous or very risky situations because of your drinking (e.g. drunk-driving, having unprotected sex, using machinery)
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If what we describe above sounds like you, it may be worth talking to a qualified therapist that can help you work your way through this. PlusGuidance is a convenient way to get access to the right therapist for you. The website has a broad list of therapists specialising in alcohol abuse and other challenges so you’re bound to find the right one for you.
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