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Written By: Uzma Sadaqat:

Like any other physical illness, a person with alcohol use disorder develops all warning signs gradually over a period of time; so we tend to ignore them in the beginning when we utmost need to identify them. We might acknowledge these telltale signs when things are already down the path and everyone else know about "the problem." People usually start speculating about their liquor intake and other possibly addictive endeavors for the multiple causes including repentances and accusations.

The warning signs provide anopeningpoint for more research, which may appear known, trivial or rather non-threatening and unimportant. The major problem arises when they appear more usual and repetitive with the passage of time. Here's the list of the telltale signs that can be modified and managed early if one is heading toward alcohol use disorder.

Uzma SadaqatUzma SadaqatUzma Sadaqat has obtained her Masters degree in Psychology from Murray College, Sialkot. Subsequently, she received the M.Phil degree in Clinical Psychology from Preston University, Islamabad. She has done diplomas in Hypnotherapy and Advanced Hypnotherapy. She has also received a certificate in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP).Uzma Sadaqat visited United States as a State Guest under International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State in 2016.

Writer: Uzma Sadaqat

1. Drinking becomes the center of one's social life: This can happen in many ways; you may start spending more time with friends who drink regularly instead of those who don't. You might like spending more time at home to drink alone rather than hanging out with buddies. This might also provide you an excuse to drink excessively as you have no concern about being drunk while driving.

2. Having a few drinks before you leave with buddies: This is called 'pre-gaming.' College students tend to have a drink or two before going out, just to get relax or to save their money. You might speak to yourself that buying drinks from a bar could cost you more money than having a drink or two at home. Once you are with friends, you might have another drink too.

3. Begin to 'discount' the real number: If you had a drink or two before you left home, you might don't consider those drinks you had already as it happened hours earlier. You might start having drinks again to get the "fresh effect." When you start discounting the 'real' number of your drinks, you might be leading towards some serious problem.


4. Start defining "the drink" inversely: There's no particular method to make drinks for alcoholics due to high alcohol content. You might avoid having hard liquor such as vodka due to the high concentrationof alcohol and you might find yourself having wine in more quantities, as it won't hurt you. Once your intake of wine is increased, you would face the similar consequences.

5. Upsetting about scarcity of liquor: You might find yourself upsetting about the shortage of liquor during holidays or on some special occasions. So, you end up buying more liquor just to be on the safe side. In result, you would be drinking more than usual. 

6. Being irritated when others drink "slowly": No one likes to be identified as someone who drinks excessively in social gatherings. You might find yourself being irritated when others don't gulp their drinks in a hurry and you have to wait to get another one. Drinking at the same pace with others just gives an impression that you don't consume much. You may also become furious when others say they don't want another round because they already have enough and about to leave because you still want to have more drinks.

7. Photos say it all: A photo seizes only a specific moment and many such moments can provide some significant details about one's true self. You might start observing in your photos that you seem inebriated more than your friends or you all appear drunk relatively. You might also find that your looks and physique have changed from the way you previously used to see.

8. Sobriety becomes an attraction: You are in a real problem when you see a drinking buddy in sobriety and crave to have a similar happy, clean and sober life for yourself. You might listento the similar intake patterns in others stories. You might start noticing that they consumed alcohol for the same causes and faced the same consequences or even more worse than yours and urged inside deeply for a sober life. 

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