One of the strongest indicators we at Ask Recovery Rob run across while giving alcohol addiction advice is when people are deep in their denial of alcohol intake. Oftentimes people don’t want to admit how much they drink, and in some cases they are being honest, but they’ve blacked out and can’t remember exactly how much they drank.
Denial is a huge obstacle for some and denial prevents them from getting the help they need for alcohol abuse and alcoholism. With the desire to drink so strong the mind finds ways to rationalize drinking – even if the consequences are obvious. Denial worsens problems at work, finances and personal relationship because it keeps them from looking at their behavior with honest eyes.
Here are four indicators you might be in denial for alcohol abuse or alcoholism.
- Drastically underestimating how much you drink
- Downplaying the negative consequences of your drinking
- Complaining that family and friends are exaggerating the problem
- Blaming your drinking or drinking-related problems on others
Believe me, if you rationalize your behaviors around your drinking with lies, or refusing to discuss the issues, you might want to take a breath and try to figure out why you are being so defensive. Consider this: if you don’t have a problem with alcohol, then there is no reason to cover up your drinking or making any excuses for your behavior.