Alcoholism Symptoms - What You Must Know


By Angel CH

If you have reached a juncture in your life at which you think you are having a problem with alcohol, you may be curious (if not downright concerned) about what are some of the alcoholism symptoms.

The same is the case if there is someone in your family, or perhaps a friend, who you think may be dealing with a drinking problem and who you think may be an alcoholic.

Alcoholism symptoms actually vary from one person to the next. However, there are some common alcoholism symptoms which do occur with some regularity when a person is afflicted with alcoholism. The alcoholism symptoms can appear in both physical and psychological form.


Some of the more commonplace physical alcoholism symptoms are:

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Weight loss

  • Skin discoloration

  • Red eyes

  • Puffy face

  • Numbness in the legs or arms (or all limbs)

  • Liver damage

  • Damage to the brain

Some of the more commonplace psychological alcoholism symptoms are:

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Loss of self esteem

  • Blackouts (there is a physical element to blackouts as well)

  • Severe mood swings

Typically, a person afflicted with alcoholism will demonstrate multiple alcoholism symptoms on both the physical and psychological level at the same time. It is very rare that a person will demonstrate only one of the alcoholism symptoms. However, you do need to keep in mind in the rare instances in which only one of the alcoholism symptoms manifests itself, an individual could still be suffering from alcoholism.


The absolute and sad reality is that if the disease of alcoholism progresses, a person's life is at risk on both the physical and psychological levels. Alcoholism is a fatal disease. A person can end up dying from either the physical alcoholism symptoms (for example, liver failure) or from the psychological alcoholism symptoms (for example, suicide).

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