Is My Drinking Causing Problems?





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The following information about the use of alcohol is not all-inclusive.

Below is a brief explanation of some of the most common events that occur in the course of high-risk drinking. It is presented in the order of risk, not in the order that the symptoms develop.

As you answer each question you will be given information about your responses.

You are the only one who will see the responses and explanations. All information is erased as soon as you press Erase or the BACK command. If you use BACK, you will return to the question you were on. If you use Erase you will open at the top of this page.

You are the only one who will see if there is a pattern to your responses and the level of risk described in the information. If you see a pattern, don't ignore it. This is serious information and high-risk drinking affects your health and emotional well-being.

There are suggestions and resources available at the end of the article if you decide to reduce or stop high-risk drinking.

If you are answering these questions for another person, please remember that the person you care about may not answer the questions in the same way you have. This is because of denial. (That is a whole other topic, that I can't begin to explain here.) Let me briefly say that denial limits what someone can clearly see. It is not lying. No one can't tell you what is true if he/she can't see the truth.


So, here are the directions:


Please answer "yes" or "no" to the following questions:




Question # 1


Do you drink to get relief? Someone who drinks for relief is using alcohol to reduce discomfort. The discomfort could be a painful feeling (such as rejection). It could be a sense of frustration (like not getting a pay raise). It could be a situation you didn’t cause (such as a car accident), or an overwhelming negative mood, to give a few examples. Whatever the reason; do you drink to get relief?


YES                           or                                  NO



Question # 2


Do you have a high alcohol tolerance? The ability to drink larger and larger amounts of alcohol is called high tolerance. Can you drink larger amounts of alcohol than you could before, without the same effects as before?



YES                           or                                  NO



Question # 3

Have you experienced a blackout? A blackout is memory loss about something that happened while you were drinking that you can no longer remember.



YES                           or                                  NO



Question # 4

As alcohol tolerance develops, the need for increased amounts of alcohol also develops. This happens because body cells are both irritated by alcohol and sedated by alcohol. As the sedating effect wears off, the irritation effect is left and a drink is one way to ease the discomfort. Have you started to have an urge to drink about six to eight hours after your last drink?


YES                           or                                  NO



Question # 5

Do you sneak or hide the amount that you drink? As drinking increases in frequency and quantity, an uneasy feeling about possible disapproval begins to develop. Comments about how much you had to drink or how often you are drinking can lead to sneaking or hiding. Have you started to sneak or hide the amount that you drink?  


YES                           or                                  NO



Question # 6

Once you have started drinking, do you continue to drink until the time you go to bed? It doesn’t matter if you usually start drinking in the late afternoon, the early evening hours, or by one o'clock in the afternoon. Do you continue to drink until you go to bed?


YES                           or                                  NO



Question # 7

Have you made plans to limit or control your drinking and discovered that you are ignoring your plans once you start drinking?


YES                           or                                  NO



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