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Alcoholic Drinking Self Assessment

Do you feel like you might be drinking too much? Has your use of alcohol negatively affected your life in some way? Answering these, and other questions, can help you gain some clarity about your alcohol use, but if you find yourself asking questions like these, chances are that you do have a problem. If others have told you that you have a drinking problem, you probably do. If you continue to drink, even though you are experiencing negative consequences, you most likely have a problem.

Alcoholic Drinking Self Assessment

If you are concerned about your drinking, your best course of action is to talk with a doctor about your alcohol use. In the meantime, take this simple alcoholism self-assessment to better understand your drinking habits. This assessment isn’t meant to be a substitute for an evaluation by a healthcare professional, but it may give you some insight into your drinking, and help you to see whether or not it is a problem in your life.

“Alcoholism is a disease that tells you that you haven’t got a problem.”
– Ivan Massow

Self-Assessment on Your Drinking Habits

If you answer yes to any, or all, of the following questions, you should consider seeking advice from a medical professional as you may be suffering from an alcohol use disorder.

  • Do you try to avoid friends and family when you are drinking?
  • Do you drink heavily when you are stressed, disappointed, or have had an argument with someone?
  • Are you able to drink more alcohol now than when you started drinking?
  • Are you ever unable to recall parts of the previous evening, even though your friends say you didn’t pass out?
  • Do you feel uncomfortable or edgy when alcohol is not available?
  • When drinking with others, do you try to have more drinks when they aren’t looking?
  • Are you more impatient to have your first drink of the day?
  • Do you ever feel guilty about your drinking?
  • Have family or friends complained or expressed concern about your drinking?
  • Do you often want to continue drinking when your friends don’t?
  • When you’re not drinking, do you ever regret things you said or did while you were drinking?
  • Have you tried to limit your drinking unsuccessfully?
  • Have you ever had a DUI, or other legal issue related to your drinking?
  • Do you fail to keep promises you made yourself about limiting or cutting down on your drinking?
  • Has your drinking affected aspects of your work, school, or family life?
  • Do you eat irregularly or not eat at all when you are drinking?
  • Do you ever shake in the morning and find relief if you have a little to drink or anti-anxiety medication of some kind?
  • Do you ever stay drunk for several days in a row?
  • Do any of your blood relatives have a problem with alcohol?
  • Has your doctor ever suggested that you cut down or stop drinking?
  • After bouts of drinking, do you ever see or hear things that you know are not there?

Answering yes to some of these questions may not necessarily mean that you are an alcoholic, but it may warrant you talking with someone about your alcohol use. If you answered honestly, and as a result are concerned about your alcohol use, there is help available. Call us today and we can help guide you in the direction of recovery.

“I got sober. I stopped killing myself with alcohol. I began to think: ‘Wait a minute – if I can stop doing this, what are the possibilities? And slowly it dawned on me that it was maybe worth the risk.”
– Carl Ferguson


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