Signs to Look Out for this Alcohol Awareness Month

April is Alcohol Awareness Month.

Here are some signs that you or a loved one could be struggling with an alcohol addiction.

1. Hiding Empty Bottles

Have you found empty bottles of alcohol in weird unexplained places? A sign of increased alcohol use is hiding empty bottles in places where normally there shouldn’t be empty bottles. For example, under the sink, in the back seat of a car, or in a room where no one ever goes.

2. Unexplained Physical Symptoms

Another sign of a problem is experiencing unexplained physical conditions. The increased use of alcohol can sometimes cause physical symptoms that indicate they’re under the influence. Blood shot eyes, slow reflexes and slurred speech are some things to look out for.

3. Missing out on Major Life Events

Cancelling plans or disappearing from major life events is a sign that something is not right. An alcoholic will prioritize their drinking over anything else. They love you but they love the drinking more.

4. A Loss of Interest in Things that Were Once Enjoyed

An alcohol addiction will change a person.  They will no longer want to do the things they once enjoyed and will make up a reason to not enjoy those things anymore.

5. Financial Problems

Is someone you love all of a sudden running into financial problems for no apparent reason? Are they running into issues at work that they didn’t have before? An addict will do whatever it takes to satisfy their addiction, even if that means using all of their money.

Obviously, these are not all of the signs you should look out for. If you or someone you know is exhibiting some of these warning signs, ask questions and get them help. ASAP Rehab is here 24 hours a day 7 days a week. We offer intervention services if needed. Call us 833.827.2727 anytime!

Eating Disorders and Alcohol Abuse

Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders and Alcohol Abuse

Eating disorders and alcohol abuse go together. They are often co-occurring disorders that must be treated at the same time for a full recovery. With eating disorders having the highest mortality rate of any mental illness, combining alcohol with them increases the risk of death. Most people think that people with an eating disorder wouldn’t drink alcohol because of the high caloric value, but for some sufferers using alcohol helps them cope with their eating disorder. People struggling with eating disorders and a substance use disorder tend to partake in more severe forms of eating disorder behaviors such as laxative abuse and extreme food restriction.

Drunkorexia

Drunkorexia is a slang term used to describe the use of alcohol and altered eating behaviors. It is defined as altering eating behaviors to either offset for planned caloric intake from alcohol or to increase or speed up the effects of alcohol.

Drunkorexia is characterized by three key factors:

  • Skipping meals in order to save calories or compensate for an increased caloric intake from the alcohol.
  • Excessive exercise in order to compensate for calories consumed from drinking.
  • Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol in order to become sick and purge previously consumed food.

Some anorexics will use alcohol to help them cope with the feelings they have around eating. They will abuse alcohol to suppress their appetites and cause them to vomit. It is important to note that anorexics who primarily restrict their food, drinking alcohol is less common. On the other side, 22.9% of individuals with bulimia meet the criteria for alcohol abuse. Alcohol abuse links more closely with bulimia but that doesn’t necessarily mean that because someone has one type of eating disorder that they are dealing with alcohol or other substance abuse as well.

Addictive Behavior

All behavior is motivated by emotions and what we get out of it. The purpose of all addictive behavior is to obtain pleasure, release tension, and seek comfort. An addictive personality is an underlying trait that predisposes individuals to both eating disorders and alcohol abuse.

If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol addiction and an eating disorder, help is available. Call us at 833.827.2727 24/7.  Visit our sister Eating Disorder Treatment Facility at www.rebeccashouse.org