FAQ: How do I know if I have a drinking problem?
Maybe friends or family members have told you they’re concerned. Or maybe you've recognized that your drinking might be a problem. If you are concerned, read the following statements and keep track of how many times they sometimes apply to you. Drinking Patterns
- You sometimes intend to "just have a drink" but end up drinking more then you planned.
- It is difficult for you to stop drinking after you've had one or two drinks.
- When you drink, you frequently wind up drunk.
- Even after your friends say they've had enough alcohol, you want to continue drinking.
- You turn to certain “drinking buddies” or to a specific environment when you drink.
- You crave a drink at a specific time every day, like after class or after work.
- When you’re out with friends, you sneak a few drinks without their knowledge.
- A significant part of your day is spent obtaining, consuming, or recovering from the effects of alcohol.
- You sometimes have a drink to help you fall asleep.
- You sometimes stay drunk for several days at a time.
- The day after drinking, you have trouble remembering what you did the night before.
- You sometimes feel guilty about your drinking.
- Most of the time, you have a hangover or headache after you've been drinking.
- When you’re sober, you often regret things you said or did while you were drinking.
- After drinking, you have experienced severe anxiety, shaking, or visual or auditory hallucinations.
- Drinking has caused you to be late for class or work.
- Your performance at school or work has suffered because of your drinking.
- You have gotten into an argument or a fistfight while you were drinking.
- You found yourself arguing with someone you like for no really good reason.
- Your drinking has led to financial problems.
- You have neglected your classes, job, family or other obligations for two or more days in a row because you were drinking.
- You have been arrested for intoxicated behavior or driving under the influence of alcohol.
Drinking and Emotions
- When you’re in a social situation and no alcohol is provided, you feel "out of place."
- You use alcohol as an escape when you’re angry, disappointed, or otherwise upset.
- Your personality is altered when you consume alcohol.
Family and Friends
- Your family or friends have expressed concern about your drinking.
- You get irritated when your family or friends want to discuss your drinking.
- You have lost a friend or created a rift with a family member based on their feelings about your drinking.
You've tried to change
- You've promised yourself to slow down or stop drinking, but you can only keep the promise for a few days or weeks at a time.
- You have tried switching from one kind of alcohol to another in an effort to cut down or remain in control of your drinking, or to try to avoid getting drunk.
If 4 or more of these statements apply to you, you may have a problem with alcohol or have the potential to develop one. Examine your habits honestly. Patterns of heavy drinking can lead to a more serious problem down the road. You can reduce your drinking with some of the ideas listed below.
If 5 or more of these statements apply to you, there’s a strong chance that you frequently misuse and abuse alcohol. Now is the time for you to change your drinking patterns and behaviors. Because of the brain development occurring in teenagers and young adults, you could be at high risk for having these habits develop into set patterns.
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