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Alcoholism and Drug Dependence

What are the Signs of Alcoholism?

The NCADD Self-Test

Here is a self-test to help you review the role alcohol plays in your life. These questions incorporate many of the common symptoms of alcoholism. This test is intended to help you determine if you or someone you know needs to find out more about alcoholism; it is not intended to be used to establish the diagnosis of alcoholism.

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1. Do you ever drink heavily when you are disappointed, under pressure or have had a quarrel with someone?

2. Can you handle more alcohol now than when you first started to drink?

3. Have you ever been unable to remember part of the previous evening, even though your friends say you didn't pass out?

4. When drinking with other people, do you try to have a few extra drinks when others won't know about it?

5. Do you sometimes feel uncomfortable if alcohol is not available?

6. Are you in more of a hurry to get your first drink of the day than you used to be?

7. Do you sometimes feel a little guilty about your drinking?

8. Has a family member or close friend ever expressed concern or complained about your drinking?

9. Have you been having more memory "blackouts" recently?

10. Do you often want to continue drinking after your friends say they've had enough?

11. Do you usually have a reason for the occasions when you drink heavily?

12. When you're sober, do you sometimes regret things you did or said while drinking?

13. Have you tried switching brands or drinks, or following different plans to control you drinking?

14. Have you sometimes failed to keep promises you made to yourself about controlling or cutting down on your drinking?

15. Have you ever had a DWI (driving under the influence of alcohol) violation, or any other legal problem related to your drinking?

16. Do you try to avoid family or close friends while you are drinking?

17. Are you having more financial, work, school and/or family problems as a result of your drinking?

18. Has you physician ever advised you to cut down on your drinking?

19. Do you eat very little or irregularly during the periods when you are drinking?

20. Do you sometimes have the "shakes" in the morning and find that it helps to have a "little" drink, tranquilizer or medication of some kind?

21. Have you recently noticed that you can't drink as much as you used to?

22. Do you sometimes stay drunk for several days at a time?

23. After periods of drinking do you sometimes see or hear things that aren't there?

24. Have you ever gone to anyone for help about your drinking?

25. Do you ever feel depressed or anxious before, during or after periods of heavy drinking?

26. Have any of your blood relatives ever had a problem with alcohol?

Any "yes" answer indicates you may be at greater risk for alcoholism. More than one "yes" answer may indicate the presence of an alcohol-related problem or alcoholism, and the need for consultation with an alcoholism professional. To find out more, contact the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence in your area.

What Kind of Disease Is Alcoholism?

Medically defined, alcoholism is a disease in which there is impaired control over drinking, preoccupation with alcohol, continued use of alcohol in the face of adverse consequences, and distorted thinking. Generally speaking, alcoholism is repeated drinking that causes trouble in the drinker's personal, professional, family or school life. When alcoholics drink, they can't always predict when they'll stop, how much they'll drink, or what the consequences of their drinking will be. Denial of the negative effects of alcohol in their lives is a common in alcoholics and those close to them.

Like other diseases, alcoholism is an interaction between the host (the person who gets the disease and his/her genetic and biological makeup), the agent alcohol or other mood-altering chemicals, and the environment.

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It misses out the most important question.

Do you care?

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The first question should be "Do you drink alcohol?". 

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16 minutes ago, Thailand said:

Yes, a stiff one is definitely in order- alcoholic beverage I mean. 😎

thats what she said

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I can not remember why I read the OP, does that make me an alcoholic, I forget....

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My grandfather on my mother's side, and my mother, were both alcoholics. Doesn't mean I have to be one.

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