The first sign of alcoholism is having a significant tolerance, or the ability to drink greater amounts of alcohol without demonstrating the effects of drunkenness. If you demonstrate a high tolerance it’s a clear indicator that you are consuming too much and causing damage to your body. When you need four drinks just to get a “buzz” that you were previously able to get from two drinks, it’s a sign that you need treatment.
When your body is subjected to high levels of alcohol regularly, it learns to adjust. If you drink the same quantity of alcohol over an extended time, the affects of drinking decreases, which can compel you to escalate the amount you drink and damage your body even more.