Many people are reluctant to recognize that they have a drinking problem. Here are some questions than can help you assess the level of involvement you have with alcohol.
Remember: You don’t have to drink “all day, every day” to have a drinking problem
Are you abusing alcohol?
- Is your drinking starting to cause problems at work/school? An example is consistently being late or not even showing up
- Do you put yourself in risky situations where you continue to drink? An example is driving a car after you’ve been drinking
- Have you begun to have blackouts so you can’t remember what happened?
- Do you have legal problems because of your drinking?
- Have you hurt other people or you get hurt yourself when you drink?
- Do you continue drinking even though the health problems caused by alcohol get worse?
- Are the people in your life concerned about your use of alcohol?
Are you addicted to alcohol?
- Can you not control the amount of alcohol you consume?
- Do you have to increase how much you drink to get the same level of intoxication that you’re used to?
- If you stop drinking, even for a short time, do you experience the withdrawal symptoms of anxiety, sweating and nausea?
- Has your time spent drinking caused you to give up other activities you used to enjoy?
- Do you continue drinking even though it has harmed your relationships with your family and friends
- Are you frequently drunk for long periods of time?
- Do you frequently drink alone?
- After a drinking binge, do you feel guilty?
- Do you switch what you’re drinking (but continue to drink) in the hopes that it will allow you to not get intoxicated?
- Do you do things to hide your drinking?
- Do you make excuses for why you have to drink?
If you are answering yes to any of these questions, it is time to give some serious thought about your drinking… because you do have a problem.