Signs & Symptoms of Alcohol Abuse

There is no single item that makes a person an alcoholic. It is a combination of factors that helps a counselor determine if someone meets the diagnostic criteria for alcohol dependence & addiction. Addiction counselors and other mental health professionals generally look for a pattern of the following:

  • Consequences – The person experiences negative consequences from their use but continues to use anyway.
  • Progression – The consequences of use get more severe over the course of time but do not deter the person from their use.
  • Loss of Control – The person drinks or uses more than they intended.  They are unable to quit their use despite numerous unsuccessful attempts to do so or they are able only to interrupt use for a short period of time.

Specific Signs & Symptoms of Alcohol Abuse in Teens

Signs of Alcohol Abuse in Adults