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According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD), alcohol is the most widely abused substance in the United States and is responsible for approximately 88,000 American deaths each year.

If left untreated, alcohol abuse can quickly spiral out of control. Recognizing the warning signs of alcohol abuse and getting proper treatment can make a significant difference in the recovery process.

Some of the most common symptoms of alcohol abuse are:

  • Experiencing temporary blackouts or short-term memory loss
  • Exhibiting signs of irritability and extreme mood swings
  • Making excuses for drinking such as to relax, deal with stress or feel normal
  • Choosing to drink over other responsibilities and obligations
  • Becoming isolated and distant from friends and family members
  • Drinking alone or in secrecy
  • Feeling hungover when not drinking
  • Changing appearance and group of acquaintances

Get Help Now
No matter how minor a drinking problem may seem, alcohol abuse symptoms should not be ignored. If you or a loved one struggles with alcoholism, talk with your primary care provider about getting help.


Have questions about your health? Contact your Colorado Physician Partners practice today.

Our practices have care coordinators who can assist you in navigating the health care system and can connect you with medical and non-medical services. Learn more about care coordination.

24-hour Colorado Crisis Support Line
If you have a mental health or substance use crisis, or you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, and you cannot reach your provider, call the Colorado Crisis Support Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-844-493-8255 or text TALK to 38255.