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Identifying the Problem

How does one really know when they have a problem with drinking? The book Alcoholics Anonymous suggests a self-test called controlled drinking. In other words, just stop drinking for a period of time (a year, a month, even only a week) and see what happens. If you can’t stay stopped, there is very likely to be a problem.

Another obvious way to tell is by looking at consequences:

  • Have you ever had a DUI?
  • Has your drinking caused problems in your family or relationships, or on the job?
  • Have you ever experienced a blackout?
  • Do you suffer frequent hangovers, or other health problems such as alcohol detox symptoms?
  • Do you have trouble sleeping?
  • Do you find you have to drink a greater amount of alcohol, or drink more frequently, to feel the same effects you used to feel with lesser amounts?
  • Do you feel the need to use other drugs or medications to either counteract the effects of alcohol, or to allow you to stay awake for more drinking?
  • Do you often find you end up drinking more that you had planned to?
  • Have you ever felt that you ought to cut down on your drinking?
  • Have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking?
  • Have you ever felt bad or guilty about your drinking?
  • Have you ever had a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or to get rid of a hangover?

[su_note note_color=”#F0F0F0″]Based on years and years of scientific studies, medical authorities have determined the maximum limit on “safe drinking” for men to be no more than 14 drinks in a week (2/day average) and no more than 4 on any single day, and for women and people over 65, no more than 7 drinks per week (1/day average) and no more than three in any single day. The more often these limits are being exceeded, the more likely a problem exists, and the more severe.[/su_note]

Here is a quick and easy test you can take:

1. How often do you have a drink containing alcohol?

(0) Never (Skip to Questions 9 – 10)
(1) Monthly or less
(2) 2 to 4 times a month
(3) 2 to 3 times a week
(4) 4 or more times a week

2. How many drinks containing alcohol do you have on a typical day when you are drinking?

(0) 1 or 2
(1) 3 or 4
(2) 5 or 6
(3) 7, 8, or 9
(4) 10 or more

3. How often do you have six or more drinks on one occasion?

(0) Never
(1) Less than monthly
(2) Monthly
(3) Weekly
(4) Daily or almost daily

4. How often during the last year have you found that you were not able to stop drinking once you had started?

(0) Never
(1) Less than monthly
(2) Monthly
(3) Weekly
(4) Daily or almost daily

5. How often during the last year have you failed to do what was normally expected from you because of drinking?

(0) Never
(1) Less than monthly
(2) Monthly
(3) Weekly
(4) Daily or almost daily

6. How often during the last year have you been unable to remember what happened the night before because you had been drinking?

(0) Never
(1) Less than monthly
(2) Monthly
(3) Weekly
(4) Daily or almost daily

7. How often during the last year have you needed an alcoholic drink first thing in the morning to get yourself going after a night of heavy drinking?

(0) Never
(1) Less than monthly
(2) Monthly
(3) Weekly
(4) Daily or almost daily

8. How often during the last year have you had a feeling of guilt or remorse after drinking?

(0) Never
(1) Less than monthly
(2) Monthly
(3) Weekly
(4) Daily or almost daily

9. Have you or someone else been injured as a result of your drinking?

(0) No
(2) Yes, but not in the last year
(4) Yes, during the last year

10. Has a relative, friend, doctor, or another health professional expressed concern about your drinking or suggested you cut down?

(0) No
(2) Yes, but not in the last year
(4) Yes, during the last year

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