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Do I Have a Concern With Alcohol or Drugs?

Alcohol abuse or dependency may be a problem when you answer yes to one or more of the following questions:

  • Have you ever tried unsuccessfully to cut down on your drinking or drug use?
  • Have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking or drug use?
  • Has your drinking or drug use annoyed and/or angered your family or friends?
  • Have you ever felt bad or guilty about your drinking or drug use?
  • Have you ever had a drink or used drugs first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or combat a hangover?
  • Do you find yourself craving alcohol or other drugs?
  • Are you unable to stop drinking or using drugs once you start?
  • When you stop drinking or using drugs, do you experience withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, sweating, shakiness, and anxiety?
  • Do you need to increase your alcohol or drug intake in order to feel the effect of it?
  • Are you unable to fulfill major school, work, or home responsibilities?
  • Are you drinking or using drugs in situations that are physically dangerous?
  • Do you have recurring alcohol or drug related legal problems?
  • Are you continuing to drink or use drugs despite your recognition of the problems that are caused or worsened by alcohol or drugs?
  • Have you experienced blackouts or memory lapses when drinking or using drugs?
  • Do you drink or use drugs to relieve stress?
  • Do you drink or use drugs by yourself?
  • Do you often drink or use drugs to get ready for a social event?
  • Are you truthful about your alcohol or drug use?


National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration¬†–¬†National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information
Smart Recovery РNational self-help organization devoted to cognitive therapy-oriented recovery from substance abuse.

Alcoholics Anonymous
Narcotics Anonymous