Alcohol abuse is a serious issue. No one wants to sit around wondering whether a loved one suffers from this problem. Thankfully, there are signs and symptoms that give it away. When someone suffers from alcohol abuse, it starts to affect every aspect of their life, including their eating habits. If it is difficult to determine any other way, the person’s diet may be a good area to detect signs of alcohol abuse.
Any sudden, unexplained change in diet could be a warning sign of alcohol abuse. Most people eat less. A loss of appetite may come from nausea or abdominal pain, which are two of the signs of alcohol and alcohol withdrawal. Drinking an abundance of alcohol can fool a person into thinking they aren’t hungry, and they may not eat when they really need to.
A feeling of apathy is possibly the most appealing aspect of alcohol. Many addictions begin because other emotional problems lead someone to crave this sensation. That apathy can make them not care that they aren’t eating enough or not care if what they eat is healthy. A person whose diet suddenly or gradually declines in the level of healthiness may be a sign of alcohol abuse. Some people actually eat more, because they don’t care that they are overweight, or that it may be bad for their health. They may want to satisfy their cravings for alcohol, food, or anything else that they no longer feel guilty about.
Eating disorders, such as anorexia, bulimia, and compulsive eating are closely related to alcoholism and may be included in the signs of alcohol abuse. This is because the root causes of both conditions are so similar. Low self-esteem, depression, compulsive behaviors, genetics, family dysfunction, and using food or alcohol as a means to fulfill a need are risk factors for both conditions. If a person is falling more into the grip of one of these conditions, it is reasonable to think that both might spiral out of control at the same time. This could be a warning sign of alcohol abuse.
These signs of alcohol abuse can be seen by people close to the abuser, by observing their eating habits more closely, or by more casual acquaintances because of significant weight loss or gain, or telltale signs such as complaining of some of these symptoms. The worse the alcohol problem is, the easier it will be to detect the signs because it is controlling more of their life.