Is your colleague drinking too much?
Someone you know may be misusing alcohol if:
- They regularly exceed the lower-risk daily limit for alcohol
- They’re sometimes unable to remember what happened the night before because of their drinking
- They fail to do what was expected of them as a result of their drinking – for example, missing an appointment or work because of being drunk or hungover.
Some signs of addiction
- Preoccupied – Depending on how long symptoms are showing, the persons life may revolves around the drug making them preoccupied
- Craving: The need to take the drug becomes more pressing and you may start to notice the shakes as a sign of withdrawl
- Secrecy: They may not be completely truthful about their drinking habbits
- Social circle: You may notice changes in their social circle or in their free time activity
- Appearance: They may start to neglect their appearance and you may be able to smell alcohol regularly on their breath
- Dependence: They may appear uneasy at social events around alcohol
Some behaviour is mainly associated with alcohol addiction:
- Drinking in the mornings or waiting until lunch to seek a drink.
- Drinking on their own. Alcohol on their breath obvious before a social engagement.
- Memory blackouts occur and there is marked personality change with depression, anxiety isolation and loss of self-esteem.
Problems at work:
- Turning up late for work,
- Being unreliable,
- Arriving at meetings smelling of alcohol,
- Failing to turn up to business appointments,
- Drinking at lunch,
- Erratic performance,
- Risk taking.