Drinking is something almost everyone comes across in their lifetime, some more so than others. Most people that drink on a regular basis will face a question at some point that might be one of the most important questions of their lives: Am I an alcoholic? Determining if you have a drinking problem can be a difficult and humbling endeavor.
With drinking being such a huge part of society, culture and social settings, it can be easily rationalized or justified as normal to drink every day, every weekend, at dinner, wine with meals or the like. Alcohol use and even alcohol abuse has become widely accepted as the norm which can stifle perceptions around signs of alcohol addiction.
It is important to first look at how alcoholism or Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) is defined. The Mayo Clinic defines this as: “a pattern of alcohol use that involves problems controlling your drinking, being preoccupied with alcohol, continuing to use alcohol even when it causes problems, having to drink more to get the same effect, or having withdrawal symptoms when you rapidly decrease or stop drinking.”
There are several questions you might be asking yourself if this resonates with you. While there are several alcoholic tests such as the AA test, CAGE test or the AUDIT (Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test), doing a simple self-assessment on your own can also be helpful for determining if you or a loved one may be experiencing alcohol dependency.
We’ve put together an alcohol questionnaire that may help you with doing your own alcohol self-test as well as serve as a reasonable assessment guide to demonstrate some signs of alcoholism to be aware of.
Am I An Alcoholic? 20 Questions To Ask Yourself
- Are you experiencing cravings for alcohol, the act of drinking or the act of being drunk?
- Is thinking about alcohol or having a drink at the forefront of your mind a lot of the time?
- Have you ever felt like you should cut back on your alcohol consumption levels?
- Are you hiding how much you are drinking from anyone close to you?
- Do you feel shame and guilt around your drinking patterns?
- Are you drinking alone regularly?
- Is alcohol in any way controlling your life or schedule?
- Do you experience blackouts when you drink?
- Do you drink more heavily based on your emotions or stress levels?
- Have friends or family expressed concern towards your drinking habits?
- Have you tried to switch the types of alcohol or brands you consume in an effort to control your drinking?
- Has there ever been a time that you tried to quit drinking or promised to yourself that you would stop, but could not manage to do so for more than a couple days?
- Does drinking affect your personal life in any way such as missing work or having arguments with people?
- Do you ever wonder what your life would look like if you did not drink?
- Have you been in trouble with the law while under the influence?
- Do you become a different person when you drink such as a dare devil, angry, violent or more extroverted?
- Do you binge drink or drink heavily on a regular basis?
- Are you able to have a couple drinks at happy hour and call it a night easily or do you tend to gravitate towards keeping the partying going once alcohol is in your system?
- Do you compromise on your morals or values while drinking?
- Do you experience any type of alcohol withdrawal symptoms such as shaking, anxiety, depression, vomiting in the morning or when you don’t drink for a couple days?
If you answered yes to several of these questions, it is possible that a drinking problem could be present. A good rule of thumb is if you are questioning if you have an alcohol problem, it likely means there is one. It’s nothing to be ashamed of or embarrassed by. Many people face this question and few seek treatment when they know they answer is yes. So, just moving through this exercise is a great first step and help is available to you.
If you have spent any time wondering if you’re an alcoholic, there is a chance you might be struggling with this very common addiction. Contact us today to speak with one of our counselors and learn more about the resources available to you to help you decide if you feel support would be beneficial for you.
Written by: Carly Benson
As an avid traveler, yogi, and confessed self-help junkie, Carly writes about her adventures in life and sobriety on MiraclesAreBrewing.com where she offers inspirational concepts for enlightenment.