Maybe your most recent DUI was not your first. You recognize the actions that lead to your brush with law enforcement, but do you understand what lies underneath those actions? Is there a chance you abuse alcohol? 

The Alcohol Rehab Guide breaks down the signs of alcohol abuse. Understand the reason behind your latest DUI so you can get help if you need it and avoid another charge. 

Common indications of alcohol abuse 

When you drink, do you ever experience short-term memory loss or lose consciousness? Perhaps you keep your drinking habits a secret or drink rather than tend to other obligations. These are all common symptoms of alcohol abuse, and creating excuses to drink is another. If any of these resonate with you, no matter how slightly, do not brush off your concerns. Even if you do not outright abuse alcohol, you may have an unhealthy relationship with alcohol. Either way, you deserve proper treatment. 

Determining the severity of alcohol abuse  

Once you determine whether you could abuse alcohol, determining overall severity is the next step. Do you feel you should not drink as much as you do? Have you ever woken up and immediately had a drink? Maybe friends and/or family expressed their concerns over how much alcohol you consume. Your responses to these inquiries can help you determine how severely you may abuse alcohol. If you have a hard time determining your severity, consider sitting down with a medical professional experienced with diagnosing and treating alcohol abuse to help you. 

While handling your DUI, take steps to prevent getting another one. The key to prevention may lie in understanding why you drink in the first place.