Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Do I have a problem?

How do I know I have a problem?

Drinking is a problem if it causes trouble in your relationships, school and social activities, or affects how you think and feel.

Ask yourself the following questions to find out if you have a problem with alcohol. If you answer “yes” to any one of them, you may have a drinking problem.
  1. Do you sometimes drink more than you mean to?
  2. Have you tried to cut back on your drinking and failed?
  3. Do you black-out (have trouble remembering things that happened) while drinking?
  4. Have your problems at school, work or with your relationships gotten worse since you started drinking?
  5. Do you keep drinking even though you know it's causing problems?
  6. Do you drink when you feel stressed?
  7. Do you drink alone?
  8. Can you drink much more now than you used to be able to?
  9. Do you ever feel uncomfortable when you haven't had a drink?
  10. Do you drink even when it's important to stay sober?

How can I stop drinking?

Help is here!

The first step is to admit that you have a problem and you want to stop. Talk to your doctor, or a parent, school counselor or spiritual leader. You can also contact Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), an organization that helps people who have drinking problems. Visit their Web site at, or check your local phone book for an AA meeting near you.

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