This month, to highlight several alcohol awareness events (See events at the bottom of this article), Wellness News You Can Use is providing the following Signs of Alcoholism questions from the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) (http://ncadd.org/index.php).
To take the quiz online, and to get a full explanation of your results, visit http://ncadd.org/learn-about-alcohol/alcohol-abuse-self-test.
1. Do you drink heavily when you are disappointed, under pressure or have had a quarrel
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 more in 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 express 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 your
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 while intoxicated) or DUI (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
18. Has your 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?
In general, if you answered between 2-8 of these questions with “yes,” NCADD suggests you might want to talk to an alcohol and drug counselor. If you answered 8 or more questions with “yes,” the results suggest that you have an issue with alcoholism and should contact a drug and alcohol counselor. NCADD has affiliates across the United States that offer drug and alcohol counseling. To find a counselor near you visit: http://ncadd.org/index.php/affiliate-network/find-an-affiliate.
The following organization promote healthy relationships with alcohol and sponsor alcohol awareness events this month:
National Alcohol Awareness Month
SAMSHA’s National Clearinghouse for Alcohol & Drug Information
April 3 – 5 (first weekend in April)
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.
National Alcohol Screening Day
Screening for Mental Health, Inc.