Symptoms of Drug & Alcohol Abuse - Looking for Answers

The list of behavioral and physical symptoms of drug and alcohol abuse is long and varied. Typical signs of abuse may include personality changes, withdrawal from normal activities, mood swings, defensiveness, apathy and anxiety. Physical symptoms of addictive behaviors may constitute a change in appearance, loss of appetite, fatigue, dilated pupils, slurred speech and irregular heartbeat.

Individuals interested in the signs and symptoms of drug and alcohol abuse frequently use the internet as a tool for research. An intriguing new form addictions research analyzes query numbers for phrases related to “symptoms of drug and alcohol abuse”. The results are graphed below and discussed over two pages.

Signs of Cocaine Abuse - Query Numbers Reflect a Serious Societal Issue

In Graph 1, the top 30 phrase segments related to the signs and symptoms of drug and alcohol abuse are listed. The four segments that contain the word “cocaine” in reference to the symptoms and signs of cocaine abuse total 46,740 searches.

This astonishing number is more than any other specific drug queries in this study, reflecting a growing societal issue of cocaine addiction and related cocaine problems. The popularity and availability of crack cocaine, crimes related to cocaine abuse and accidental cocaine overdose deaths are important aspects of this issue.

Symptoms of Drug & Alcohol Abuse - Prevalent Search Topics - Graph 1

(Continued on Graph 3 at the bottom of this page)

Top 30 two and three word combinations



  estimated searches/year across all search engines     
 6,000  25,000
alcohol detox    23794
addiction symptoms    21880
signs of alcoholism    17993
drug addiction    16964
alcohol withdrawal    14578
symptoms of alcohol    14366
cocaine addiction    14025
detox symptom    13688
alcohol detox symptom    13688
signs of cocaine    13345
vicodin addiction    11930
alcoholism symptoms    11265
symptoms of cocaine    11059
alcohol withdrawal symptoms    10899
meth symptoms    10777
drug abuse    9535
alcohol abuse    9186
alcohol poisoning    9077
vicodin withdrawal    8940
detox symptoms    8360
cocaine addiction symptoms    8311
alcohol detox symptoms    8269
signs of alcohol    8052
crystal meth    8026
symptoms of alcoholism    7459
xanax withdrawal    7407
symptoms vicodin addiction    7400
xanax withdrawal symptoms    7022
addiction signs    6970
alcoholism signs    6765
6,000 25,000

Signs of Alcoholism - Three Times the Search Results

Although 46,000 searches may seem like a large number, it pales in comparison to the search results for the phrase “signs of alcoholism” and its related searches. In total, these searches total 155,391 queries, which is over 3 times that for searches related to the symptoms and signs of cocaine abuse.

In Graph 2 of this “symptoms of drug and alcohol abuse” study, alcohol was the third most commonly searched word. Again in Graph 3, words related to alcohol figure prominently, reinforcing the pressing issue of continued alcohol abuse in our society.

Symptoms of Drug & Alcohol Abuse - Prevalent Words and Concepts Study - Graph 2

Top 100 words used in symptoms of drug & alcohol abuse searches
(Top 1000 can be found at Top 100 symptoms of drug & alcohol abuse exact phrases and top 1,000 concepts/words - Graph 5)



  estimated searches/year across all search engines     
 0  220,000
symptoms    208782
signs    123452
alcohol    72347
addiction    63683
alcoholism    54966
withdrawal    53462
cocaine    44273
meth    43040
drug    38483
abuse    27754
vicodin    24346
detox    23909
symptom    17182
alcoholic    15688
xanax    10741
crack    10496
withdrawl    9885
oxycontin    9575
poisoning    9118
sign    8191
crystal    8037
methadone    7091
physical    6671
heroin    6575
methamphetamine    6050
user    4730
warning    4549
from    3178
overdose    2821
addict    2702
drugs    2679
using    2469
description    1845
women    1835
percocet    1703
valium    1584
alcoholics    1584
oxycodone    1301
allergy    1297
what    1278
usage    1042
early    950
liver    853
users    852
exposure    714
fetal    687
withdraw    680
syndrome    658
advanced    653
dont    613
adult    585
children    554
lab    441
disease    428
stage    403
treatment    399
house    386
late    386
teen    380
withdrawel    314
easing    312
condition    294
prescription    287
relapse    267
poison    250
damage    233
withdrawals    195
chrystal    183
failure    183
used    182
first    152
problem    148
length    147
ands    146
babies    129
long    123
allergies    122
taking    120
odor    119
body    119
detoxification    118
people    113
hooked    110
due    109
hepatitis    104
work    100
smoking    93
problems    91
when    86
taken    82
ranitidine    82
how    81
spouse    73
behavior    73
term    64
snorting    61
drinking    59
last    56
addicts    54
person    50
non    50
0 220,000

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Symptoms of Drug & Alcohol Abuse - Prevalent Search Topics, Continued - Graph 3

Top 31 - 100 two and three word combinations
(Top 30 are in Graph 1 above)



  estimated searches/year across all search engines     
 1,000  6700
signs of meth    6570
signs of drug addiction    6443
crack addiction    5666
symptoms of crack    5294
signs of crystal meth    5077
methadone withdrawal    5030
vicodin withdrawal symptoms    4835
signs of drug abuse    4776
symptoms of vicodin    4430
drug addiction signs    4392
symptoms of meth    4174
alcoholic symptoms    4172
symptoms of vicodin withdrawal    3994
methadone withdrawal symptoms    3923
meth addiction    3906
alcohol withdrawl    3870
meth user    3834
signs of an alcoholic    3825
symptoms of alcohol poisoning    3788
symptoms of drug abuse    3570
symptoms of alcohol withdrawal    3521
vicodin addiction symptoms    3328
signs of crack addiction    3321
oxycontin abuse    3312
signs of oxycontin abuse    3301
symptoms of drug addiction    3086
signs of alcohol abuse    3032
signs of alcohol poisoning    2998
symptoms of an alcoholic    2997
alcohol addiction    2957
symptoms of xanax    2923
cocaine abuse    2883
symptoms of alcohol abuse    2866
oxycontin addiction    2784
drug addiction symptoms    2612
signs of cocaine addiction    2608
meth addiction symptoms    2602
cocaine use signs    2467
alcohol abuse symptoms    2406
alcoholism physical symptom    2342
alcoholism sign    2278
alcohol poisoning symptoms    2255
symptoms of oxycontin    2226
withdrawal symptoms of oxycontin    2211
symptoms of crack addiction    2205
oxycontin addiction symptoms    2201
meth addict    2037
signs of heroin    2033
cocaine use signs symptoms    2022
symptoms of alcohol withdrawl    2020
crack cocaine    2017
alcohol sign    1974
symptoms of cocaine addiction    1891
symptoms of heroin    1870
meth withdrawal    1860
meth withdrawal symptoms    1853
alcohol signs    1849
signs of alcohol addiction    1838
withdrawal symptoms from vicodin    1838
description of alcohol    1836
alcoholism in women    1834
symptoms of alcohol detox    1830
alcohol withdrawl symptoms    1777
alcoholic signs    1692
symptoms alcoholism    1678
physical symptoms of alcoholism    1669
drug withdrawal    1567
drug withdrawal symptoms    1550
heroin abuse    1509
cocaine overdose    1504
1,000 6700