Sometimes it is hard to tell the difference between having a good time with a few drinks, and actually crossing the line, especially when denial is involved. And honestly, you may not even be sure where you are on that spectrum. Additionally, you can’t solve a problem if you aren’t even sure there is one. There are some tools that may be able to help you see the bigger picture more clearly.
Listed below is a quiz to see if you have an alcohol addiction, or if you are in jeopardy of developing one. Make sure you answer the questions honestly. The results are anonymous and are just for you to help guide you in the right direction on your road to recovery.
Answer the following series of YES/NO questions to the best of your ability. And, remember to be honest with yourself when answering each question.
Do you find yourself drinking during periods of stress, sadness, and disappointment? (Y/N)
- Do you find yourself drinking during periods of stress, sadness, and disappointment? (Y/N)
- Have you noticed yourself having a higher tolerance for alcohol? Meaning, can you drink a lot more now than from when you first started drinking? (Y/N)
- Have you ever blacked out and can’t remember anything that happened after drinking a significant amount of alcohol? (Y/N)
- Do you often drink by yourself? (Y/N)
- If alcohol isn’t available to you, do you ever feel uncomfortable? (Y/N)
- Do you ever feel bad or guilty about how much alcohol you drink? (Y/N)
- Has anyone ever told you that they are concerned about how much and often your drink?(Y/N)
- Do you like to drink more often or longer than your friends do? Are you usually the last person at the bar? (Y/N)
- Have you ever regretted something you said or done when you were drinking?(Y/N)
- Have you ever planned to limit your drinking, like changing the type of alcohol your drink?(Y/N)
- Do you tend to drink more on weekdays? (Y/N)
- Do you drink when there is no actual reason to celebrate? (Y/N)
- Have you ever been arrested or cited for an alcohol-related offense, such as a DUI or public intoxication? (Y/N)
- Have you found yourself avoiding your family or partner when you are intoxicated? (Y/N)
- Has your work or grades suffered because of your use of alcohol? (Y/N)
- Have you ever deliberately not eaten a meal before drinking so you could get drunk quicker? (Y/N)
- When you wake up with a hangover, have you ever felt that you needed to drink in order to feel better? (Y/N)
- Have you ever needed a friend to watch out for you while drinking? (Y/N)
- Do you ever feel depressed before, during, or after periods of drinking? (Y/N)
- Does alcohol abuse run in your family? (Y/N)
If you answered yes to:
1-7- You are considered a social drinker, and are more likely to save the alcohol to celebrate special occasions. You drink responsibly and know your limits. However, if you ever feel like you want to scale back on your drinking, consider seeing a counselor or joining a meeting for support.
8-14 – You could be on your way to long-term problems with your drinking habits. You could just be going through a difficult phase, or you could be headed down a rough path. If you’ve already tried to limit your drinking, consider seeking professional help before the problem gets out of hand.
15-20 – Your life is being negatively impacted by alcohol. You often engage in risky behavior and excessive drinking is negatively impacting your work and social life. You should contact a certified addiction specialist to help you overcome your drinking problem.
Disclaimer/Note: This self-assessment is purely provided for self-awareness and educational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose an alcohol disorder or addiction. Seek help from a treatment professional if you think you have an alcohol addiction. An inpatient rehab program may be your best option.