Warning Signs

Warning Signs of Alcohol or Medication-Related Problems
  • Anxiousness or irritability (feeling worried or “crabby”)
  • Memory loss (trouble remembering things)
  • New problems making decisions
  • Difficulty concentrating or paying attention
  • Lack of interest in usual activities
  • Sadness or depression
  • Mood swings (happy one minute, sad or angry the next)
  • Chronic pain (pain that doesn’t go away)
  • Problems with money or the police
  • Falls, bruises, burns
  • Incontinence (can’t control urinating, wetting the bed)
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Poor hygiene (not combing hair, bathing)
  • Poor nutrition, changes in eating habits (eating junk food only)
  • Out of touch with family and friends
  • Strange response to medication
Severe and Serious Warning Signs of Medication Overdose or Interactions
  • Suicidal thoughts (wanting to kill yourself)
  • Drowsiness, lethargy
  • Arrhythmias, tachycardia (racing heartbeat)
  • Respiratory problems, including apnea, loud snoring, respiratory depression
  • Death