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In the early stages, there are usually few outward signs of a problem. The victim functions normally most of the time but a few personality changes may be present: the inability to handle stress and increased conflict with family members.
While this is not necessarily indicative of an alcohol problem, additional signs will be present to others BEFORE they are accepted by the victim:
The most prevalent and pervasive symptom exhibited by the victim is that of denial: no problem exists. Chronic drinking and other related problems will be attributed to other causes.
(with recognition to http://www.medicinenet.com/Alcohol_Abuse_and_Alcoholism/article.htm )
Alcoholism is also known as "alcohol dependence." It is a disease that includes alcohol craving and continued drinking despite repeated alcohol-related problems, such as losing a job or getting into trouble with the law. Alcoholism includes four symptoms:
(with recognition to Online Alcoholics Anonymous)
If you have answered yes to four or more of these questions, you are either an alcoholic or on your way to becoming one.
If you now realise you have a problem and want to determine at what stage of the disease you are, see the progression of the disease.
Last update: April 18, 2007
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