Hiding an alcohol problem can be dangerous to the individuals suffering from it as well as others. Scared of the social stigma attached to the drinking problem, people devise ways to hide it from others by acting normal. In addition it can have serious ramifications for driving family or injuring an innocent driver in another car.
Initially, alcoholics may not be subtle about hiding their issues and try to make the problem seem innocent. Gradually, they can become so good at hiding it that it can lead to lying in many areas and manipulation.
How do people Hide an Alcohol Problem?
Alcohol drinkers may hide their bottles in special places in the garage, closets, cars, locked drawers etc.
People may drink when they are all alone in office, home or in between activities while driving.
At family parties sometimes drinkers will mix alcohol with the non-alcoholic ones and pretend that they are drinking soft drinks.
Tips for indentifying if a person is Hiding an Alcohol Problem
Most often, we fail to recognize others having problems because they deny it or play it down. The following tips will help you in indentifying the alcohol addicts to a great extent:
Addicts often fail to keep their appointments and to show up for work on time.
They will try to maintain a safe distance from you so that you cannot smell alcohol on them or get involved with mints and breath sprays for security.
They might have blood-shot eyes, puffy face and a bloated look which can indicate some effects from drinking.
They might get excessive while drinking at family, public or office parties since it is socially acceptable. Some people even slip away during the office hours for a quick drink.
If you notice that someone gets jittery, argues excessively or irksome when their daily dose of alcohol is not available for them, that is a sign of a problem.
With proper attention, patience and care it is possible to help someone if they wish to get help.
Gather evidence like empty bottles or hidden away stash. Try to catch them in an inebriate condition and confront them. Expect the addict to go into ‘denial' when you confront them for the first time. Talk to them in private and convince them how it is ruining their life in general.
Remind them of their responsibilities and convince them to seek counseling or join a rehabilitation program to address the issue. Interventions can also be useful.