An angry drunk is a colloquial nickname for those individuals who get extremely angry and abusive when they drink too much. While you might otherwise be polite and well behaved while sober, when drinking too much makes you even worse and belligerent, you may be an angry drunk. Being belligerent is not the same as being drunk. A drunk can be angry and belligerent at the same time. Drunks generally don’t care or notice the difference between friendly and rude. While you may otherwise be content and well-mannered while sober, if drinking alcohol makes you hostile and argumentative, you could be an angry drunk.

When dealing with an angry drunk, however, this is a completely different story.

You have to recognize the difference between being drunk and becoming angry drunk if you want to protect your loved ones from this behavior. Often, you will see individuals that behave violently because they have been consuming too much alcohol. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they will start acting out or cause trouble in your neighborhood. It’s just that they have crossed a line. If you have a lot of alcohol in your system and you start acting violently, you should try to put a stop to this behavior right away.

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The Different Types of Drunks

The Happy Drunk

During the early stages of drinking, when we are just “tipsy,” many of us feel a sense of euphoria. No matter how much they drink, some people remain in this state of utter joy. Despite their slurred words or lack of coordination, nothing can affect their mood.

The Angry Drunk

When they drink excessive amounts of alcohol, other people can be the exact opposite of happy. They become hostile and ready to fight anyone who provokes them.

The Affectionate Drink

Many people know someone who is quiet and reserved but can be very expressive after drinking. The effects of alcohol can lower our inhibitions and make us more emotional. This combination can make people more affectionate if they have had too much alcohol.

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The Sloppy Drunk

Most people know at least one person who shouts, “I’m drunk!” While mascara runs down their cheeks. “Sloppy drunks” are more likely to drink excessively, leading to embarrassing behavior and a messy appearance.

The Reckless Drunk

When they are drunk, some people can do crazy things. Alcohol reduces inhibitions and makes us more likely to act impulsively. This could mean doing some extra online shopping. For others, this could mean driving drunk or jumping off the roof.

The Secret Drunk

You may have noticed that certain people are better at keeping their liquor down than others. You may know someone who doesn’t seem to get drunk regardless of how much they drink and how drunk they are. This person might be described as having a high tolerance for alcohol.

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The Blackout Drunk

Know someone who seems to always like they are going insane after drinking? Memory loss can occur when people consume too much alcohol within a short time (also known as binge drinking). Blackouts are dangerous because intoxication can lead to more risky behavior. Friends who keep an eye on those who drink too much can be a great help. These people might want to stop drinking, but they are out of control.

Angry Drunks and Domestic Violence

Alcohol abuse or substance abuse affects everyone’s life in some way or another. The effects can range from low self-esteem to lack of sexual desire and function. Some victims report having suicidal tendencies as a result of the abuse. The effects of long-term alcoholism and drug abuse on the brain and body can often lead to serious health issues such as liver disease, memory loss, blurred vision, and aggressiveness.

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Often a victim does not want to go to the police about the abuse because they are embarrassed or afraid that the abuser will come back and harm them again. In such a situation, the best thing to do is to contact a domestic abuse assistance professional such as an alcohol and drug treatment center. The professionals at these centers are trained to deal with difficult and pressing situations that involve alcohol or substance abuse. They will provide resources like security and safety to the victim and help make them feel safe and secure. They will also make sure that the abuser gets a court date to appear in court and receives all the fines he is responsible for.

An important part of preventing angry drunk and domestic violence is to ensure that you leave parties before you become drunk. Leaving early and having an alcoholic beverage will only increase the chances of falling asleep or passing out. This may mean you might end up missing the speech of your boss or forgetting an important meeting. Remember to drink responsibly and never drive when intoxicated.

How to Deal with an Angry Drunk

First, be calm when dealing with drunken people. It is not a good idea to yell at drunks, as it will only make matters worse. Be kind, friendly, and courteous. If you feel that you are losing your control, you should either get back or help him leave the bar. Although your friends may think you are doing the right thing by allowing them to accompany him, there is a good chance they will get involved and help you get under control.

Second, you need to consider the effects of allowing an angry drunk to consume so much alcohol. An angry drunk’s blood alcohol level is going to be higher than when he was sober. This is a real problem because the higher the blood alcohol level, the more problems it can create for your loved ones. This is why you must take care of any alcohol issues you have before this happens. If you don’t deal with a problem now, it will only worsen as time goes on.

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If dealing with an angry drunk they may begin to start acting violent, take care not to get involved. First, do whatever you can to get them inside the car safely. Once they are inside the car, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital, if things happened to get too far out of hand.

The most common problem when you have an intoxicated person acting violently is that they may attack you. In many cases, it doesn’t even matter if they are drunk. An angry drunk can still get upset if they are intoxicated and have had too much to drink. If you are having problems with an angry intoxicated person at any point, then you need to call 911 immediately. Even if the person is not physically violent, some people can still be severely hurt if they are physically drunk. You should also go to the hospital immediately after seeing this happen so that the medical staff can get you the best treatment possible.

An Addiction to Alcohol

If you notice that you or a loved one is or has been struggling with AUD, here are a few common signs.

Frequent Blackouts

Alcoholics are often likely to experience blackouts on a regular or semi-regular basis since they abuse alcohol. If a person suffers a blackout from drinking, it means that due to high levels of alcohol content in the blood and body, he or she cannot create short-term memories for a while. When the individual is recovered from the blackout, they will not be able to recall what happened during the time of the blackout

.A blackout is a way for the body to let someone know they are drinking too much. When a person experiences blackout from drinking. Regularly, this may signify that they are struggling with alcohol abuse or alcohol addiction.

Inability to Control One’s Drinking

The inability to control one’s drinking is one of the primary signs of Alcohol Use Disorder. A person may say, “I’m only going to have one drink,” and end up drinking to excess and becoming intoxicated despite their best intentions. If your loved one regularly drinks more than they intended, this may indicate alcohol addiction.

Hiding or Lying About Drinking

When a person is regularly abusing alcohol, they may go to great lengths to hide from others how much alcohol is being consumed. For example, a person may go out to the bar with friends and only have a few drinks but then return home and consume more alcohol in private. Someone struggling with alcohol abuse may also sneak away to drink alcohol while in a social setting, so other people don’t realize how much the individual is drinking.

Physical Changes

Many people who drink heavily regularly will begin to show physical signs of alcohol abuse. For example, they may begin to gain or lose weight or feel constantly bloated. A person may also look regularly tired if they are drinking their alcohol at night, as alcohol can prevent the body from getting a night of good sleep. Someone who abuses alcohol may also exhibit shaky hands and visible sweating when not drinking due to tongue over or withdrawal symptoms.

Issues at Work as a Result of Drinking

Alcohol addiction often interferes with a person’s ability to perform well at work. They may begin to call in sick from their work duties more often and perform poorly when at work due to a hangover or being intoxicated.

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Experiencing Withdrawal Symptoms When Not Drinking

Many people experience the tell-tale hangover from consuming too much alcohol the night before at least once in their lives. However, regular hangovers – which are the body’s way of withdrawing from alcohol – can be a sign of alcohol abuse.

Common symptoms of alcohol withdrawal include:

  • Shakiness
  • Sweating
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Headache
  • Increased heart rate
  • Insomnia
  • Enlarged pupils
  • Tremors in the hands
  • Delirium tremens

Alcohol withdrawal can begin as soon as eight hours after the last drink. The more severe the symptoms, the more dependent a person may be on alcohol.

Continuing to Drink Despite Consequences

Another prominent symptom of alcohol addiction is when a person continues to drink despite consequences. People addicted to alcohol often feel that they cannot go without the substance despite all of the trouble it has caused them. If your loved one refuses to cut down or quit drinking despite obvious consequences, they may be addicted to alcohol.

Constant lying, manipulating, denying responsibility for their problems, selfish and angry behavior are signs of an alcohol problem.  People with an alcohol use disorder can never fully understand how their alcohol problem impacts the family. Overcoming alcoholism should be completed under the care of medical professionals in a specialized treatment facility. Patients who attempt to self-treat may cause more harm than good. For instance, the detox phase can entail extremely uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms, best treated in a rehab program.

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Quit Drinking and Leave the Angry Drunk Behind

Quitting drinking is the first step in recovery. However, the issues that led to excessive drinking must be addressed to positively change yourself and your life. Twelve steps programs, such as Alcoholic Anonymous meetings, in conjunction with therapy, are very effective avenues that lead to true addiction recovery. Overcoming alcoholism is hard work, but, in the end, it is well worth the effort. Visit an intensive inpatient program or a detox program for alcohol addiction for help in achieving recovery.