These 10 questions can tell if you have problems with alcohol.
1. Are you sulky if a party has no alcohol?
A lot of people use the excuse to go out or meet friends to piss them off. Of course drinking socially is no problem at all, but if you're one of those who gets upset when you find out that a party doesn't even have a beer, maybe that's a sign that drinking is more important than the rest.
2. Did you try alcohol before age 15?
A survey by the US National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism linked alcohol use before age 15 to a greater likelihood of associating drinking with pleasure, as the still evolving adolescent brain is programmed to face alcohol that way.
3. Do you ALWAYS drink more than you expect?
When you leave the house, you plan to drink “only” 3 cans, but when you see you are rolling downstairs with a glass in your hand? Sticking your jack in the jack sometimes is even cool; but if this becomes frequent, start worrying. There is a study that points to a healthy 14 units of alcohol per week, around 6 mugs of beer or 6 glasses of wine, preferably divided into three different days.
4. Is alcohol part of your philosophy of life?
“I've never made friends drinking milk” or “Every good story starts with 'Once When I Was Drunk'” are examples of fun mantras that end up boasting the power of alcohol. If you agree with this kind of thinking, perhaps alcohol is more intrinsic to your being, and you have not even realized it.
5. Do you have holiday memory lapses?
Alcoholic amnesia is much more common than we think. And you don't even have to completely erase the night, no: if you forget a few details of the party, it may already be a hint that you've been exaggerating a lot. If this is frequent, review whether it is worth continuing with this behavior.
6. Do you get angry with anyone who tries to control you?
The sober friend of the round even tries to pull the brakes of the crowd, but often ends up getting kicked for this behavior. If you are complaining about the voice of reason, then you may need to talk to your friend when you are sober to understand why he is worried.
7. Do you have any habits involving alcohol?
If you "just" have a little beer at the time of the soap opera or "just" sleep if you get a little drip shot, you might be creating a routine where alcohol is increasingly part of it. Be careful if you notice that each situation requires different alcohol behavior.
8. Have you ever thought you were an alcoholic?
Just reading this list may be a sign that you are abusing, but you need to confirm that you really are. If you ever thought you might be becoming an alcoholic, you might be right and trying to make a mistake otherwise.
9. Do you hide drinks?
If you have a drawer to hide the rum or put a drip at the bottom of the wardrobe for anyone to find, it is high time to look for Alcoholics Anonymous.
10. Do you have a moral hangover?
If you are one who has no alcoholic amnesia but is ashamed to remember everything you did and said the night before, then try drinking less at the next exit.
The more “Yes” you answered in these 10 questions, the more likely you are to develop an alcohol addiction. Before this becomes a problem, seek medical and psychological help or ask your questions on the Alcoholics Anonymous website.