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Alcoholism & Addiction

Do You Have a Problem with Alcohol?

This questionnaire by the National Institutes of Health is designed to identify symptoms of alcohol abuse and dependence. Answering yes to even one question may indicate someone is abusing alcohol, and three or more positive answers can suggest alcohol dependence or alcoholism, depending upon the severity of symptoms. In the past year, have you:

–Had times when you ended up drinking more than you intended?

–Wanted to cut down or stop drinking, but couldn’t?

–Gotten into situations while or after drinking that increased your chances of getting hurt, such as driving under the influence or having unsafe sex?

–Had to drink much more than you once did to get the effect you want or found that your usual number of drinks had much less effect than before?

–Continued to drink even though it was making you feel depressed or anxious or adding to another health problem, or after having had a memory blackout?

–Spent a lot of time drinking or getting over the aftereffects of drinking?

–Continued to drink even though it was causing trouble with your family or friends?

–Found that drinking (or being sick from drinking) often interfered with taking care of your home or family, or caused job troubles or school problems?

–Given up or cut back on activities that were important or interesting to you in order to drink?

–More than once gotten arrested or had other legal problems because of your drinking?

–Found that when the effects of alcohol were wearing off, you had withdrawal symptoms, such as trouble sleeping, shakiness, restlessness, nausea, sweating, a racing heart, or even a seizure?

If you’ve answered yes to one or more of these questions, you may be at risk of developing a dependency on alcohol, and it is important to seek help right away.

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