If you have a daughter or know someone who does, you should be aware of the warning signs of alcohol abuse. Alcohol abuse affects many women in different ways—just like other drug addictions—and there are some easy-to-notice symptoms.
She is Drinking More Than You Thought She Was
Watching your adult daughter destroy herself with alcohol can be a tricky thing to handle. What do you do when you catch her in communication with her friends about how much she drinks or that she has “no tolerance” for alcohol?
It is difficult to recognize that your daughter might be abusing alcohol, but it is essential to keep an eye on the amount of alcohol she drinks and how often she does so. If you notice that she drinks more than you thought she was—whether in terms of the number of drinks in a night or the amount of alcohol consumed over time—it is crucial to talk to her about it.
She is Missing Work Frequently and Blaming Her Absence on Hangovers
Take notice if your daughter is missing work frequently and blaming it on hangovers. If she misses work consistently, it might be time to talk to a professional about her state of mind.
Regardless of your excuse for her absenteeism, you must take it seriously. If you notice that she seems depressed or angry, take note of that too.
She is Having Trouble Falling Asleep After Drinking
While this may not be a symptom of abuse, it can signify that alcohol consumption is getting out of control. If your daughter has trouble falling asleep after drinking, she may abuse alcohol. She may need to take a long time in bed to get her body ready for sleep, and she may feel more stressed with each passing hour.
If she is drinking in excess, she may not even fall asleep at all. Instead, her mind will race while she tries desperately to sleep, which will only worsen the problem.
She is Drinking Alone
If your adult daughter drinks alcohol alone, that usually indicates an issue. Alcohol in excess can be dangerous, especially when consumed without anyone to keep you accountable for your actions and behavior.
If you notice that your daughter is having difficulty moderating her drinking habits and would instead drink on her own than with friends, it is time to get her some help.
She is Taking Longer to Recover from Heavy Drinking Occasions
If your daughter takes longer to recover from heavy drinking, that may be a sign that she is abusing alcohol. If you notice her sleeping in more, drinking less coffee and water, and lounging around for extended periods, it might signify that she has hungover.
If she does this frequently (more than once every couple of weeks), she may be suffering from alcohol dependence.
She is Blaming Other People for Her Drinks
Alcohol abusers look to blame others for their behavior, and they are not taking responsibility for their actions. If you notice her blaming others for her drinks, be aware that she may not be taking responsibility because she might not even be aware of the severity of the problem.
If you notice this behavior happening more frequently than once per month, it may be time to intervene.
She is Mildly Uncomfortable When She Cannot Drink
If your adult daughter is experiencing physical side effects when she can’t drink alcohol, that can be an issue. If you notice that your daughter is experiencing any of the following symptoms when she does not have alcohol, it could mean that she has a problem or is developing a problem. These symptoms include:
You should let yourself feel comfortable with your familiar daughter’s behavior, however, before you decide to seek help for her.
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It is necessary to understand the different signs that can indicate the possibility of alcohol abuse in your adult daughter. We have highlighted the most important ones for you in the article.
If your adult daughter’s life has been disrupted by alcohol addiction, consult a professional and get help before things worsen. Our counselors are available 24 hours a day. Call 833-680-0165 for help.