Excessive consumption of alcohol, whether prolonged or resulting in negative consequence such as missing work or violence, is often defined as substance abuse. Alcohol abuse maintains different definitions from person to person. It is difficult to draw a line between moderate drinking and heavy drinking, social drinking, and an addiction to drinking.

Symptoms of Alcohol Abuse

• drinking seems to be a top priority
• increased tolerance to alcohol
• inability to stop drinking
• withdrawal symptoms, such as shaking or sweating
• agitation at others’ criticism of drinking


People growing up around excessive drinkers or surrounding themselves with people who drink frequently are more prone to abusing alcohol. Those dealing with depression or anxiety may use alcohol to mitigate their mental state, unknowingly developing alcoholic tendencies. Abuse may lead to alcohol tolerance, dependence, and withdrawal, furthering a reliance on alcohol.


Support groups, such as AA, are prevalent all over to help those suffering from alcohol abuse. Medication is also available to aid those dealing with alcohol dependency. Therapy can help clients recognize the intent behind the misuse of alcohol. A therapist can help clients develop necessary skills to deter the compulsion to drink. Working with a therapist to treat alcohol abuse provides encouragement to maintain abstinence.

We Can Help

Open Path’s therapists offer beneficial services that encourage insight, self-reflection, and healthy coping mechanisms. Our therapists furnish a supportive environment, allowing clients to reach a healthier lifestyle and support prolonged sobriety.

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