If someone you know is struggling with alcohol addiction, the signs may not become clear for a long while. You may believe that they are fine, or that they are simply teetering on the edge. However, if you begin to suspect something, chances are that you need to investigate further. Alcoholics can hide their addictive behaviours well, using these techniques.
The most obvious way to conceal a habit is to literally hide the bottles out of sight. An alcoholic may have a secret stash of alcohol which is hidden from you, even if you live together. If you find one stash and confront them about it, beware of the fact that they may have multiple stashes. Just finding one might not be the end of the problem. In fact, if you do find multiple hiding places, this is a sign that the alcoholism has progressed to a serious degree. Alcohol may also be hidden in containers that don’t arouse suspicion, such as bottles that were previously used for other liquids.
Passing Off Behaviour
An alcoholic may also pass off their behaviour as normal, or reluctant. They may compare themselves to others, from work or from their social circle, who they say drink more. An excuse you may hear is that everyone else was drinking, or they were pressured into it, or it would have been rude not to accept a drink that was bought for them. They may insist that they only drink a normal amount and therefore can’t have a problem.
In order not to raise suspicion, an alcoholic may take to drinking alone. This might take place during the day. They do so secretly in order to make you think they are only drinking socially or in a normal setting. Common tactics include a bottle of “water” which is actually a clear spirit, or going regularly into a room on their own to drink from a concealed flask. They may also drink in the evenings when they are alone. Part of the reason why going to rehab is so successful is because clinics such as Riverside Clinic don’t allow alcoholic patients the chance to sneak off and drink without anyone else knowing.
The more addicted they are, the more likely it is that an alcoholic will deliberately spend time alone. They will isolate themselves partly because they want to hide their habit, and partly because drinking becomes more important than anything else. If you notice that they start declining invitations to go out and would prefer to spend time on their own, this may be a sign that they are hiding their behaviour when no one else is around.
Because the pull of the addiction is so strong, alcoholics might display all kinds of devious behaviours to get past you. They may lie directly to your face, create excuses, hide away, and try to stop you from witnessing their drinking. If you suspect something is wrong, it may be time to intervene – sooner rather than later.