How do you know if someone is an alcoholic?

Sherry Katz, LCSW
Sherry Katz, LCSW
Couples and Family Therapist, LCSW

If the person doesn't see themselves getting drunk and out of control, and instead continues to drink.   Often along with this the alcoholic person minimizes or dismisses your concern that they're drinking more than for social fun.

Also if someone manages their life around drinking as their priority.   Someone who is physically addicted to alcohol will want to drink even when there is no social activity going on or they are not in a circumstance in which relaxing with a drink is possible.

Often the drive is so strong the person will keep their drinking secret if they know others wouldn't ordinarily drink at that time of day.

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