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Can Someone Hide Drinking? 4 Hidden Signs of Alcoholism

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A recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) found that over 174 million people in the US drank alcohol in the previous year. While for many this is simply a pleasant pastime, others will suffer from alcoholism.

But it’s not always easy to know if someone has a problem, and this can especially be the case if they hide their drinking. Although it can be challenging, some tell-tale behaviors could indicate a friend or loved one is an alcoholic.

Here are four warning signs that could be cause for concern.

1. Drinking Alone

Drinking alone can be a sign of a hidden alcohol addiction. Rather than using alcohol to help them relax and or enhance a social occasion, a person may instead drink even when there is no one else around. This may be to experience a particular feeling they get when they drink alcohol, or be an attempt to numb feelings of pain or unhappiness.

2. Drinking Early in the Day

Secret drinking can start as soon as an alcoholic wakes up. Even if a person doesn’t have alcohol that early in the day, there may still be an issue. For example, you might find that a person begins drinking at lunchtime when they previously wouldn’t have touched alcohol until the evening.

If you’re not sure what signs of drinking to look for, it’s possible to learn how to tell if someone is high. This can help you spot if a friend or loved one is under the influence, and you may then feel more confident to offer support.

3. Physical and Mental Changes

Even a high-functioning alcoholic may begin to struggle both physically and mentally. For example, you might notice they are taking less care of their appearance. Or, their alcoholism may begin to affect their mood, making them unhappy and less willing to socialize.

These are not always signs of alcoholism, but you should consider it as a possible cause if you know the person likes to drink regularly or heavily.

4. Being Defensive and Deceitful

If a person knows they are struggling with alcohol and that they need help, this doesn’t mean they’ll want to admit it. This could result in them denying that they have a drinking problem. They could also be aggressive and resentful if you raise the issue.

Or they may sneak around when drinking alcohol so others don’t notice there’s an issue. If this is the case, they must take stock of their relationship with alcohol as soon as possible.

A Loved One Shouldn’t Hide Their Drinking

Alcoholics can sometimes hide their drinking problems for years, even from their loved ones. Unfortunately, this can mean they don’t get the care and support they need.

If you notice that a loved one is regularly drinking alcohol by themselves, or earlier in the day than most people would find reasonable, they may need an intervention. Not being able to admit they have a problem can also be a worrying warning sign.

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