There is nothing wrong in having drinks once in awhile, but when occasional drinking turns into obsession and then addiction, it results into excessive alcoholism. Many people consume alcohol in a way that threatens their health, safety, and general well-being. This can not only lead you to alcoholic liver disease, brain disease, cancer, and heart disease; but is responsible for trouble at work and broken relationships at home.
While alcoholism has its own set of problems, many people are not sure about their status. They do not consider themselves as alcoholic as there are no hard and fast tests to detect the same. We have come up with a set of self check questions to ask yourself in order to check your alcoholism and make informed decisions at bar.
1. Does Your Social Life Revolve Around Alcohol?
Are you cutting off from social interactions because you are more inclined towards the bar and your definition of socializing is ‘drinking’? Are you preoccupied with drinking to the point that you're not really focused on what movie you want to see or where you want to hang out. If your inner voice is saying ‘yes, a bit’ to this question, then my friend it is the time to consider yourself as an alcoholic and start visiting parks and restaurants as well.
2. How Much Do You Drink?
Answering this question means to be analysing both- the frequency and quantity of you consuming alcohol. Did it start at one level and gradually climb to another? Alcoholism is a progressive disease, so an upward trend indicates a problem. According to National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, For women, low-risk drinking is defined as no more than 3 drinks on any single day and no more than 7 drinks per week. For men, it is defined as no more than 4 drinks on any single day and no more than 14 drinks per week. NIAAA research shows that only about 2 in 100 people who drink within these limits have Alcohol Use Disorder.
3. Do You Usually End Up Drinking More Than Planned?
This question is your gateway to know how much self control do you have when it comes to drinking? If you swore to have only 2 cocktails, but ended up finishing 5 of them, then yes, you are an alcoholic and it's high time you seek medical help about the same. Dig a little deeper by taking inventory of how many times you've tried to cut back (permanently, not just for one night) and failed, and ask yourself: If you really wanted to stop drinking, cold turkey, right now—could you?
4. Do You Feel Guilty And Regretful When You Are Sober?
Do you feel sorry for gulping down all that wine, when you are dying in hangover the next day? Having drunken sex, driving when drunk or having intimate conversations when you are high can result into depression and sadness. In addition to that, situation can get worse when you can't get over the feeling of guilt and start misbehaving with people around you or neglect your work and health.
5. Are People Close To You Concerned About Your Health?
As I have mentioned before, drinking wisely is completely OK and does not really harm your body, unless you have a medical condition. But, if you are turning towards alcoholism, people who care about you will start expressing concern about it. And trust me, they notice your alcoholism way much before you do. If people close to you start suggesting you to visit a rehabilitation centre, then it’s time to take their advice and book a consultation appointment with the specialist.
These were 5 questions to check weather you are an alcoholic or not. If you find it difficult to go through them all your own, then you can always ask someone to help you talk them away. And always remember, alcohol abuse can be treated; all you need is strong will-power and proper guidance.