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Do You Have a Problem with Alcohol?

Posted in Alcoholism

Alcohol dependency can present itself in many different ways. You don’t have to be waking up every morning with no recollection of the night before to have a problem with alcohol, and you don’t have to be confronted about your drinking before you take action to get help. Having a problem with alcohol simply means that your drinking is negatively interfering with your life.

If you are consistently late for work or other obligations due to painful hangovers; if you dread social events where alcohol won’t be available; if you use alcohol as a way to unwind and decompress every day after work; if you feel guilty about how much you drink, you probably have an alcohol problem. The earlier you recognize the problem and get treatment, the sooner you’ll be able to get healthy and get your life back on track.

To recognize whether you have a problem, take some time to think about your drinking and ask yourself some questions, such as:

How often and how much do you usually drink? How do you feel about this amount?

Would you go to the same social events if alcohol were not available?

Do you feel guilty after drinking?

Have you resolved to cut down on drinking but keep drinking just as much or more?

Do you schedule things around drinking? For example, do you always leave Saturday and Sunday mornings open in case you’ll have a hangover?

Have you tried to stop drinking and found that you couldn’t?

Have friends or family expressed concern over your drinking?

You can also take a series of tests on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website. The tests will help you evaluate whether you have a problem with alcohol, find out how much money you’re spending on alcohol, and determine your blood alcohol content level (BAC).

Think about your answers to these questions as well as the general effect alcohol has on your life. Is your drinking keeping you from having the life you want? Is your drinking keeping you from being happy and healthy? Has your drinking driven away friends and family members?

If you answered yes to any of these, you’ve taken the first step, which is admitting you have a problem with alcohol. The next step is to get help, which is available in many different forms. Talk to your primary care doctor or schedule an appointment at a treatment facility as soon as possible. Remember, the best day to get help is today.