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How Do You Know If You Are An Alcoholic?

Problem With Alcohol

Do You Have a Problem With Alcohol?

If you think you might have a problem with drinking, you probably do. Here’s the thing – people who aren’t alcoholics don’t sit around wondering if they are alcoholics! If alcohol is causing you problems at work, creating problems in your relationships, bringing about physical problems, or just flat out making you miserable, you might be addicted to alcohol.

Here is a revised quiz from the Alcoholics Anonymous pamphlet Is A.A. For You? Twelve Questions Only You Can Answer. Be sure to answer these questions as honestly as you can.

  1. Have you ever decided to stop drinking for a week or so, but only lasted for a couple of days?


  1. Do you wish people would mind their own business about your drinking – stop telling you what to do?


  1. Have you ever switched from one kind of drink to another in the hope that this would keep you from getting drunk?


  1. Have you had to have an “eye-opener” upon awakening during the past year?

(Do you need a drink to get started in the morning, or to stop shaking? This is a pretty sure sign that you are not drinking “socially.”)


  1. Do you envy people who can drink without getting into trouble?

(At one time or another, most alcoholics have wondered why they were not like most people, who really can take it or leave it.)


  1. Have you had problems connected with drinking during the past year?

(Be honest!)


  1. Has your drinking caused trouble at home?


  1. Do you ever try to get “extra” drinks at a party because you do not get enough?


  1. Do you tell yourself you can stop drinking any time you want to, even though you keep getting drunk when you don’t mean to?’


  1. Have you missed days of work or school because of drinking?

(Many of us admit now that we “called in sick” lots of times when the truth was that we were hung-over or drunk.)


  1. Do you have “blackouts”?

(A “blackout” is when you have been drinking hours or days you cannot remember. This is a pretty sure sign of alcoholic drinking.)


  1. Have you ever felt that your life would be better if you did not drink?


If you answered “yes” four or more times to these twelve questions, the recovering alcoholics at A. A. think it is highly possible that you might be an alcoholic or have a problem with alcohol.

If you do have a problem with drinking, there is nothing to be ashamed of. Alcoholism is not a moral failing. It doesn’t mean you are a weak or bad person. If you are an alcoholic, you are a sick person. You have a disease from which there is no known cure.

If you want to get help for your problem with alcohol, you may need to check yourself into an inpatient treatment center and undergo a medical detoxification.

CLICK HERE to get a Free Confidential Addiction Treatment Assessment.

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