Signs That Your Spouse's Drinking Problem Is Out Of Control

Posted on: 27 April 2015

Responsible drinking behavior is something that many people carry out on most occasions. Unfortunately, some people who drink regularly don't know when to stop. When your spouse begins to develop patterns of drinking that are affecting his lifestyle, and yours as well, it's time to get help. Here are some signs that indicate your spouse's drinking issue could be spiraling out of control.

Alcohol Related Health Issues

If your spouse has been showing physical signs of illness, it can be very concerning. It's important to go with your spouse to all of his doctor's appointments to ensure that he is following through with his doctor's recommended treatment plan. Some common health issues related to severe alcohol disease include:

  • Liver damage or failure
  • Kidney malfunction
  • Pancreatitis
  • Brain damage including seizures and hallucinations
  • Weight loss or malnutrition

All alcohol related health issues require immediate care and treatment to institute life saving measures. In severe cases, if alcohol toxicity is bad enough, it can lead to permanent organ damage or have fatal consequences.  

Withdrawing From Family Activities

Kids can feel the effects of a parent's alcohol problem through behavioral changes and reduced interaction from the intoxicated parent. If you and your children are living with an alcoholic family member, you're not alone. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, it's estimated that 10 percent of all children live with a parent who is an alcoholic or suffers alcohol problems. If you've been noticing that your spouse is withdrawing from things he used to do, including going to sporting events or attending family get-togethers, his alcohol problem could be an underlying factor. Even if he says he has it under control with self help resolutions, it may be bigger than what he can handle. Speak to him about seeking help through an outpatient treatment facility that specializes in counseling and teaching tools that will help him cope with triggers and cravings.

Job Loss Or Change

Because alcohol toxicity can make it impossible to focus and function on most tasks at hand, your spouse's job may be at risk. Maybe he has missed several days of work or arrived at the workplace intoxicated. Being placed on temporary leave should be a warning sign that his job is in danger. Convincing your spouse that an inpatient treatment program is the best option could save his life and his job. Inpatient treatment programs closely monitor the patient's vital signs and gives them medications to help cope with life-threatening withdrawal symptoms.

Refusing To Get Help

A common response many alcoholics have when being confronted about their disease is that they have it under control with self help methods or that they can quit cold turkey. They may refuse to get professional help. This can be dangerous. Quitting cold turkey without the assistance of a medical staff can be deadly. The biggest risk is delirium tremens—a possible life threatening condition that causes the brain to malfunction or shut down when someone stops consuming alcohol. This could also lead to a heart attack, stroke, coma, organ shut down and permanent and irreversible brain damage. Take charge and seek immediate medical assistance if your spouse goes from drinking heavily to not drinking at all. A medical staff will evaluate him, come up with a treatment plan and refer him to an alcohol rehabilitation center.

Loving an alcoholic can be stressful and affect your life in big ways. Seek out help through an alcohol treatment center in your area for professional and effective care.