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Questions and Answers

Q: How do I know if I have an alcohol or other drug problem?

A: Determining if you have an alcohol or substance abuse problem is not always easy. While most of us are familiar with the effects of alcohol, spotting the signs of alcoholism or drug dependency is more complicated.

Answer the following questions to help determine if you have an alcohol or substance abuse problem.

  1. Have you ever experienced an inability to control your drinking? Have you gotten drunk more than three times in the past year?
  2. Do you use alcohol or other drugs to escape problems? Do you feel irritable when you're not drinking or using?
  3. Have you noticed or have others complained about a change in your personality when you drink or use?
  4. Do you have a high tolerance to alcohol? Do you need increasingly more alcohol to feel an effect?
  5. Have you experienced blackouts or a time when you could not remember what happened while drinking or using?
  6. Have you had any problems at work or in school because of drinking or using? Have you had any medical, social or money problems as a result of drinking or drug use?
  7. Are your family and friends concerned about your drinking or using? Do they complain or nag you about your drinking or drug use? Are you annoyed by their meddling?
  8. Do you ever feel that you should drink or use less? Do you feel guilty or sorry about drinking or using? Do you ever hide your drinking?
  9. Do you ever drink or use as soon as you wake up so you feel able to handle the day?
  10. Have you lost interest in eating? Have you lost interest in your family and friends? Have you lost interest in your old hobbies?

If you answered "yes" to one or more questions, you may have an alcohol problem. If you think that you or someone you know might have an alcohol problem, review the recovery information provided on this site or consult with your doctor or other health care resource.

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