Do You Have a Drinking Problem?
Most students have used alcohol in one form or another. But many don't realize that young people can have a drinking problem.
Ask yourself these 20 questions:
- Do you lose time from classes or miss class due to drinking?
- Do you drink because you are uncomfortable in social situations?
- Do you drink to build up your self confidence?
- Is drinking affecting your relationships with friends?
- Do you drink alone?
- Do you drink to escape from studies or home worries?
- Do you feel guilty or depressed after drinking?
- Does it bother you if someone says that maybe you drink too much?
- Do you have to take a drink when you go out on a date?
- Do you get along better with other people when you drink?
- Do you get into financial troubles over buying liquor?
- Do you feel more important when you drink?
- Have you lost friends since you started drinking?
- Do you drink more than most of your friends?
- Have you started hanging around with a crowd that drinks more than your old friends?
- Do you drink until you just couldn't drink anymore?
- Have you ever had a complete loss of memory from drinking?
- Have you ever been to a hospital or been arrested due to drunken behavior?
- Do you turn off to any studies or lectures about drinking?
- Do you think you have a problem with alcohol?
If you answered yes to some of these questions, you have some of the symptoms that indicate a problem with alcohol.
Remember, there is no intelligent reason to deny that you have a health problem. If you think you do have a problem, the most important thing is to do something about it!
Alcohol abuse is a problem that can affect people of any age. Here are some additional signs that someone has a problem with alcohol:
- Family or social problems associated with drinking.
- Hiding liquor.
- Lying about drinking (minimizing the number of drinks or the fact of drinking at all).
- Making promises about drinking to oneself or others ("to cut down on drinking," "to be more careful," etc.).
- Drinking to escape from pressure or to solve life's problems.
- Feeling guilty after drinking or regret over what was done while drinking.
- Getting drunk even when intending to stay sober.
- Friends sometimes express concern over the amount of drinking one does.
- Significantly increased tolerance to alcohol (early indication of problem drinking).
- Drinking capacity, once big, is now dropping (later indication of problem drinking).
- "Blackouts"--not recalling the drinking episode.
- Increased absenteeism and lateness (job or classes).
- More susceptibility to accidents and illness.
- Preoccupation with drinking.
- Marked changes in behavior or personality when drinking.
- Getting drunk frequently.
- Gulping drinks.
- Academic or job difficulties related to drinking.
If you or someone you know is showing these warning signs, please think about getting help.
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