Signs of Alcoholism

At SLO Recovery Centers, we have familiar that substance abuse can appear in two forms in the early stage:

  • There are sixty percent alcoholics’ signs those who have been drinking in the age of 18; and
  • The signs of spouse dying or retirement from a job can appear in those individuals who began drinking later 18.

Common signs

Many people do not drink at parties; therefore, avoiding legal issues related to driving while intoxicated.  Furthermore, they do not show signs due to their retirement.  Thus, this is very hard task to recognize an issue with the elderly.

Recognizable Signs

  • Drinks alone or out of the view of others who may recognize usage;
  • It’s often indicating slurred speech;
  • Attempts to hide their usage;
  • Makes a ceremony of having drinks before/after banquet;
  • Many people begin to lose interest in their previous activities;
  • Some Individuals take a drink while taking prescriptions in spite of the warning to avoid drinking;
  • The individuals take drugs immediately upon being disturbed;
  • Has illogical and undefined fears, seems under odd stress;
  • Many individuals seem to be losing their memory;
  • Many individuals often have the smell of liquor on their breath and mouthwash to cover it.

Common Problem

We have noticed that a common problem with medication in the elderly and sedatives is that many of these individuals take more of the medication than is prescribed because they forget whether they have taken the medication. Many elderly are prescribed tranquilizers or sedatives from physicians that can lead to drug dependence. The statistics demonstrate that over 16 million prescriptions of this type are writing every year.  The only other type of medication prescribed more than these sedatives are heart medication. Additionally, many elderly are prescribed medication after a surgery and thus, become addicted.

As a normal part of aging, this is very familiar for individuals to misdiagnose the above symptoms; but this is very familiar when these people have their medication adjusted or stop drug and alcohol usage.

Additional information about A.A

Following is additional information about A.A., courtesy of Alcoholics Anonymous. For more information that is detailed please contact Alcoholics Anonymous (http://www.aa.org/) directly.

Defining Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

We can also define Alcoholics Anonymous as an informal society of more than 2,000,000 recovered alcoholics in the United States, Canada, and other countries. These men and women meet in local groups, which range in size from a handful in some localities to many hundreds in larger communities. Currently, women make up 35 percent of the total membership.

Membership

Because A.A. has never attempted to keep formal membership lists, it is extremely difficult to obtain completely accurate figures on total membership at any given time. Some local groups are not listed with the General Service Office. Others do not provide membership data, thus are not recorded on the G.S.O. computer records. The membership figures listed below are based on reports to the General Service Office as of January 1, 2005, plus an average allowance for groups that have not reported their membership. There is no practical way of counting members who are not affiliated with a local group.

Estimated A.A. Membership and Group Information

Groups in U.S. 52,651
Members in U.S. 1,190,637
Groups in Canada 4,872
Members in Canada 95,984
Groups Outside of U.S./Canada 45,209
Members Outside of U.S./Canada 729,097
Internationalists 76
Groups in Correctional Facilities U.S./Canada 2,562
Members in Correctional Facilities U.S./Canada 66,963
Lone Members 223
Total Reported
Members 2,082,980
Groups 105,294
A.A. Articles

The Structure of A.A.||Alcoholics Anonymous is not organized in the formal or political sense. There are no governing officers, no rules or regulations, no fees or dues.

A.A. Traditions||During its first decade, A. A. as a fellowship accumulated substantial experience which indicated that certain group attitudes and principles were particularly valuable in assuring …

A.A. and Alcoholism||A.A. is concerned solely with the personal recovery and continued sobriety of individual alcoholics who turn to the Fellowship for help…

A.A. The Importance of Anonymity||Traditionally, A.A. members have always taken care to preserve their anonymity at the “public” level: press, radio, television, and films, and new media technologies, such as the Internet…

A.A. Public Relations||The 1956 General Service Conference of A.A. adopted unanimously the following statement of “A.A.’s Public Information Policy”…

A.A. The Recovery Program||The relative success of the A.A. program seems to be because an alcoholic who no longer drinks has an exceptional faculty…

A.A. Meetings||The two most common kinds of A.A. meetings are: OPEN MEETINGS: As the term suggests, meetings of this type are open to alcoholics…

A.A. Financial Policy||Over the years, Alcoholics Anonymous has affirmed and strengthened a tradition of being fully self-supporting and of not seeking, or accepting, contributions from…

A.A. Historical Data, Page One||A.A. had its beginnings in 1935 at Akron, Ohio, as the outcome of a meeting between Bill W., a New York stockbroker, and Dr. Bob S….

A.A. Historical Data, Page Two||A.A. had its beginnings in 1935 at Akron, Ohio, as the outcome of a meeting between Bill W., a New York stockbroker, and Dr. Bob S….

A.A. Historical Data, Page Three||The following year witnessed still another significant event. The New York office had greatly expanded its activities….

The above information is from “A.A. Fact File”, prepared by General Service Office of Alcoholics Anonymous. This information is also available on G.S.O.’s A.A. Website: www.aa.org.