Alcoholism affects thousands of Georgians and millions of Americans from all walks of life. It can ruin your personal relationships, your career and your mental health. It can also lead to serious criminal charges like DUI.
If you are concerned that you or someone you love might be struggling with alcohol addiction, here are ten signs of possible alcoholism, as provided by the Mayo Clinic:
- Strong cravings for alcohol
- Being unable to limit your drinking
- A desire to cut back on drinking, or previous attempts to do so
- Having a large amount of your time taken up by drinking, getting alcohol and recovering from hangovers
- Withdrawal symptoms when you don’t drink, or drinking to avoid these symptoms
- Problems at work, school or home due to alcohol
- Not stopping alcohol despite these problems
- Having a high tolerance for alcohol, so that you have to drink more than you used to
- Drinking alcohol in unsafe situations
- Spending less time on hobbies, work or socializing
Among other things, living with all or several of these symptoms could lead to a DUI arrest. Even if you do not have a prior record, a first-time conviction for drinking and driving could lead to expensive fines, being forced to complete several hours of community service, and the loss of your driver’s license. The judge could also require you to complete a DUI alcohol risk reduction program, and even send you to jail. Subsequent convictions or guilty pleas can lead to even more serious sentences.
More than a legal advocate
A good defense attorney can do more for you than represent you against DUI charges and work to get your license back. They can also help you get in touch with resources to help you battle addiction and regain control over your life.