Am I An Alcoholic? 10 Warning Signs To Watch Out For

Do you remember the first time that you tasted the first drop of alcohol? Were you blissful? Excited? Can’t wait for more? That’s actually the common impression on having your first drink.


Drinking is always related to fun and enjoyment. Most often than not, it is a part of socializing. That’s why most people who are considered as social drinkers ended up not being aware of developing tolerance and eventually addiction to alcohol.


“For many people who have limited experience with alcoholism and addiction, the subtle signs can be difficult to spot. This is made even more problematic if the alcoholic or user is considered to be high functioning, which means she or he is able to maintain a job, go to school, and have relationships without manifesting the full-blown signs of addiction or alcoholism.” — Sherry Gaba LCSW


These ten warning signs should be observed cautiously to prevent yourself from going overboard as an alcoholic:



  1. LYING about how much and how often you are drinking. This is a big warning sign because you are not being rational about how much you are already drinking and dependent on alcohol.
  2. You have a headstart of drinking before going out to drink with your friends. Heck, can’t get enough of alcoholic drinks? You are already going out to drink yet you still have to drink before.
  3. You are having troubles with your memory. You are drinking too much that alcohol already fucks up your brain wirings.
  4. You are starting to depend on alcohol for relaxation.  There are many other activities besides drinking wherein you can relax such as watching movies, meditation, playing sports and yoga. Depending on alcohol for relaxation is quite alarming already.
  5. When you start drinking, there’s no way you can stop. Well. Well. Well. This is the most obvious sign that there is something going on with your drinking.



“At first, alcohol allows the drinker to feel quite pleasant, with no emotional costs. As an individual’s drinking progresses, however, it takes more and more alcohol to achieve the same high. Eventually the high is hardly present.” — Cynthia Mascott, LMHC 



6. You are drinking faster than your friends. You seem like you can’t get enough of alcohol in your system. Your tolerance is relatively high compared to before that you need to drink more and faster to have that buzz you are looking for.

7. You are starting to drink in dangerous situations. Can’t wait to get into a bar or your house so you start drinking while driving. You can’t stop yourself from drinking before work. Simply put, you just drink anywhere, anytime.

8. Your drinking affects your relationships. Since you spend quite some time in drinking, you will probably develop conflicts and misunderstandings with your friends, loved ones or significant other. Alcohol influences your attitude towards your relationships with the other people.

9. You are experiencing withdrawals unlike before. When you try to stop drinking alcohol, you experience withdrawals–excessive sweating, unbearable headaches, weakness of the body. And of course, your solution for this is to drink again.



10. You start making excuses just to drink. You started from social drinking and now you are coming up with bullshit excuses for you to drink without being guilty.



“If all warning signs came with gigantic flashing lights, they might be more effective. But the trouble with warning signs is that we often don’t recognize them at the time we most need to.” — Peg O’Connor Ph.D.


Moderation is the key. That is always the reminder for drinking. Even though we are so used to this reminder, it would still do as good to observe and follow.



How to Start a Yoga Community


Yoga means union in Sanskrit.  It is the union of many different ideas, events, movements and beliefs.  It was originally instituted as a Hindu spiritual discipline, but has been transformed into a worldwide lifestyle that brings peace, love and health to the multitudes.  To establish a community of yogis (practitioners of yoga) is to establish a community of peace, love and togetherness.


“Hatha, meaning literally “sun-moon” Yoga is thought of as a way of uniting opposite energies, such as “masculine and feminine” or “hot and cold.” Traditional Hatha Yoga encompasses not only physical poses (asanas), but also breath-work (pranayama), mudras (energy locks), meditation, and contemplative practice.” — Melanie Greenberg Ph.D.




Yoga has become a mainstay in all towns and cities across the country.  There are probably multiple yoga studios within a close radius of your home right now.  There are a plethora of free how-to videos on the Internet. You can also purchase DVDs online and at many stores.  There are a ton of resources out there; you just have to decide which one to use.


You can get the word out by posting on social media; in the town library, community center or senior center; local newspapers that offer free community listings.  Signs can also be posted at the location where the class will take place. If school is still in session, notices can go out through notices sent home in backpacks.




Many yoga studios will want to get the word out about their classes and there is nothing like an outdoor class in a picturesque location.   The nature of yoga is to bring people together (there’s that word union again) to support a positive mindset so to bring a class to an outdoor venue in your town would be a perfect opportunity.  The yoga studio or yoga instructor could ask for a donation (maybe $5) and this could expose many more people to yoga inexpensively. Many times these classes are promoted as community classes.


“This need not be an esoteric metaphysical labour. Instead, it can be sociological: analysing the ways in which society shapes us to be functional. Yoga is like an inventory of the body’s habits.” — Damon Young Ph.D.




Classes could be offered at local senior centers, community centers or libraries.  Since yoga is a quiet, peaceful practice, many libraries have meeting rooms in which videos can be shown or instructors can hold classes.  Another great win-win for everyone; the instructor gets the word out about their studio and the community builds a great group of peaceful, like-minded people.  This could be offered free of charge or for a small donation.



Another type of yoga community that is not a physical, face-to -ace community, but is a community nonetheless is a Facebook community.  There are many yoga themed Facebook groups that you can join, which are private groups. Within these groups, yogis post yoga challenges; words of encouragement; mindfulness exercises; online yoga class recommendations: questions about poses, yoga teacher training, props, etc…all within a supportive, like-minded community.  The people who join the group all have the yoga mind set, which is very accepting, supportive, understanding and mindful. It is a great way to start online or even face-to-face friendships. Since the groups are private and there is an administrator who oversees the discussions and posts, it is a safe place to ask questions that you may not ask elsewhere.


“Anxiety, sleeping disorders, ADHD, depression, pain and stress symptoms can be helped by learning yoga techniques. Several recent studies have documented the amazing benefits of regular yoga practice on health, which occurs over a relatively short time period.” — Constance Scharff Ph.D.




People may not have the time or money to dedicate to joining a studio so all of these would be perfect scenarios for them.  Perhaps starting a home practice and then trying a public class makes some feel more comfortable. Others who may be curious about yoga, but not ready to commit to a full membership get an opportunity to try it out.   Those participants may become paying members of the yoga studio or they may just meet other like-minded people who they can then get ideas from for other similar activities. Who knows…lifelong friendships man ensue.


Get involved with a yoga community in your area.  It will be a great investment in your self-care.