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Alcohol addiction can manifest as a coping mechanism for individuals dealing with stress, depression, and life issues. While it may initially provide a sense of comfort, alcohol dependence often leads to a dangerous cycle where increasingly larger amounts are needed to achieve the same effect. This downward spiral can result in negative consequences such as loss of employment, financial opportunities, family, and friends, leaving individuals isolated. Excessive consumption of large amounts of alcohol also leads to severe health problems and can affect both brain function and organ functioning. People with alcohol addiction often find that it drastically affects their memory.

Alcohol dependency often leads to a decline in personal and professional relationships. Individuals may find themselves isolated and unable to fulfill their daily responsibilities. The negative impact of the addiction on work, family, and social life intensifies as it tightens its grip.

Recognition Of Dependency

As individuals sink deeper into the grip of alcohol dependency, disturbing signs manifest when drinking becomes a daily constant, regardless of the time, and especially when one drinks alone instead of in company. While social occasions may sometimes lead to excessive drinking, there is a significant difference between occasionally having ‘one too many’ and regularly engaging in excessive alcohol consumption.

The need for alcohol to function becomes increasingly apparent, marking a critical point at which intervention and treatment become essential. Often, the individual will initially deny that there is a problem until the evidence becomes irrefutable and various clear signs become visible.

This checklist can serve as a guide for recognizing alcohol addiction, both in yourself and someone you know:

  • Drinking hard liquor at work and pretending it’s water
  • Consistently smelling of alcohol and using mouthwash or excessively brushing teeth to hide the odor
  • Decreased performance
  • Frequent tardiness or complete absence from work
  • Neglect of personal hygiene and appearance
  • Irritability and mood swings, sometimes resulting in personality changes
  • Social life revolving entirely around alcohol
  • Defensive reactions when friends or family insist on reducing alcohol consumption or seeking help
  • Drinking in the morning, during lunch, or at other inappropriate times
  • Not knowing when to stop drinking alcohol
  • Developing a higher alcohol tolerance
  • Making impulsive decisions under the influence, such as driving while intoxicated and claiming to be sober
  • Leaving clubs and bars while intoxicated and possibly going with strangers
  • Experiencing negative consequences of excessive alcohol use but unable to see a connection between excessive alcohol consumption and the consequences
  • Blaming others and making excuses for consequences resulting from one’s own choices.


We’ll be honest: overcoming addiction isn’t a stroll through the park. However, our multifaceted programme assures you of optimal guidance and support throughout your recovery. We specialize in various forms of psychological treatment, namely Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

Trust is what keeps our team and community together. We are ardently focused on helping you achieve a realistic reintegration into your original environment and community. For that, we need you to act. Only talking doesn’t cut it. Re-integration requires commitment, effort, and hard work. If you’re up for it, we promise to support you in every way we can.

“Action is key. Nobody talks themselves into addiction, and we cannot simply talk our way out of it.”