People may be suggesting you drink too much. It may be said you are preoccupied with
drinking. You counter back with “Sure I have a few beers or a glass of wine at dinner”.
This is not sufficient to answer the question for you. It is indeed one of the most difficult
questions to answer on a personal level is “Am I an alcoholic”
These questions are very simple but you need to be honest with yourself. There are no
trick questions and there is not even a wrong answer. Take a few minutes, read the
question and simply answer yes or no.
- Do you drink more than you intend to drink? Just cannot stop at one or two.
- Do you drink regardless of the consequence drinking has on your family or your health?
- Have you experienced black outs? Times when you do not remember where you have been or how you got home.
- Do you find yourself drinking more to get the same buzz you used to get when you first started drinking?
- Have you lost relationships because of your drinking?</li>
- Have you tried to quit and were unable to quit for any extended period of time?
- Do you have thoughts of drinking frequently and throughout most of the day?
If you answered yes to three or more of these questions you could have a serious problem
with alcohol. The term Alcoholic is a harsh term and no one needs to be labeled. If you
experience any of the above symptoms it would be to your benefit to talk to a
professional who works with alcohol dependency issues.
There are many more questions to be asked in finding answers to your drinking issues.
The benefit of having taking time to think about your alcohol use is a great beginning in
understanding how you use. Answering these questions hopefully helps you to answer the
question “Am I an Alcoholic”.
Written by Wendell Montney