Denial is a problem that affects many people with an addiction. For those who abuse alcohol through excessive social drinking that leads to dependence, denial can mask the fact that you\u2019ve gone from casual drinking to real problems with alcohol. As the problems with alcohol grow more vast and affect everyday life, the key to getting help lies in eventually realizing there\u2019s a problem and making the decision to do something about it.\r\nSigns that You or Someone You Love Has Problems with Alcohol\r\nIf you believe that you or someone you love have problems with alcohol, some signs can confirm your suspicion. If there\u2019s a problem, you can then forge a pathway to help.\r\n\r\nSigns of problem drinking include:\r\n\r\n \tFrequent drinking\r\n \tDrinking until intoxicated\r\n \tDay drinking, even when working \r\n \tDrunk driving\r\n \tPoor decision making when drunk\r\n \tLegal problems associated with drinking\r\n \tSchool problems or social issues from drinking\r\n \tFamily problems related to alcohol\r\n \tUsing alcohol to "medicate" depression, sadness, stress or anxiety\r\n \tDrinking alcohol too quickly or "gulping" alcoholic beverages\r\n \tMore than two drinks per day for a man or more than one drink per day for a woman, every day\r\n \tLying, hiding or self-deceit about drinking\r\n \tAlways needing a drink to feel happy or relaxed\r\n \tIrritability or negative mood when not drinking\r\n \tFinancial problems due to drinking\r\n \tHealth problems due to drinking\r\n\r\nThings You Can Do to Help a Friend Who Has Gone from Casual Drinking to Problems with Alcohol\r\nWhen you suspect a friend has these problems with casual drinking, you can help. Some things you can do include:\r\n\r\n \tLearn about addiction so you can help your friend make the decision to enter treatment\r\n \tRealize that alcohol addiction is a disease, not a "personal problem" or character flaw\r\n \tStop protecting, enabling or lying for your friend\r\n \tStart talking about treatment\r\n \tRespect the needs of a friend in recovery by not drinking around them\r\n\r\nBeaches Recovery in Jacksonville, Florida Is Ready to Help\r\nThere\u2019s no shame in admitting you have a problem with what you believe is casual drinking. Making the decision to get help through an accredited treatment center is the best thing you\u2019ll ever do for yourself. In fact, making this decision will improve just about every facet of your life, as you emerge from treatment and into recovery. In recovery, your future can again be bright, hopeful, fulfilling and productive.\r\n\r\nBeaches Recovery provides a continuum of care from detox, through rehab and into aftercare. When you\u2019re ready to admit you have a problem with alcohol, call Beaches Recovery at <a href='tel:8666050532'>866.605.0532</a> to get the help you need. These are problems you can overcome for a better life, so don't wait to make that call.