Student Wellness
Student Wellness

Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Dependence

Cravings: Strong and overwhelming desire to drink alcohol at a specific time or the next morning; creating a ritual of having drinks before, with, or after dinner, and becoming annoyed when this pattern is disturbed or questioned

Tolerance: A tendency to drink more than intended to feel the same effect, or being unable to stop drinking once you start to drink alcohol; consuming a large quantity of alcohol without appearing intoxicated

Effects on memory and motivation: Not remembering conversations or commitments, sometimes referred to as a “blackout”; losing interest in activities and hobbies that were once pleasurable