One of the biggest hurdles for a problem drinker to overcome is denial. It leads to rationalization, because the desire to drink is so strong. Denial stops a problem drinker from getting help and exacerbates alcohol-related problems with work, finances, and relationships.
While work, relationship, and financial stresses happen to everyone, an overall pattern of deterioration and blaming others may be a sign of trouble.
Drastically underestimating how much you drink
Downplaying the negative consequences of your drinking
Complaining that family and friends are exaggerating the problem
Blaming your drinking or drinking-related problems on others
If you find yourself rationalizing your drinking habits, lying about them, or refusing to discuss the subject, take a moment to consider why you’re so defensive. If you truly believe you don’t have a problem, there should be no reason for you to cover up your drinking or make excuses.
You can always find support from friends, family or a trusted therapist.