Alcoholism is a rough word to deal with. Yet nobody is too young (or too old) to have trouble with booze. That's because alcoholism is an illness. It can hit anyone. Young, old. Rich, poor. Black, white. And it doesn't matter how long you've been drinking or what you've been drinking. It's what drinking does to you that counts.
Do you lose time from work due to your drinking?
Is drinking making your home life unhappy?
Do you drink because you are shy with other people?
Is drinking affecting your reputation?
Have you ever felt remorse after drinking?
Have you gotten into financial dificulties as a result of your drinking?
Do you turn to lower companions and an inferior environment when drinking?
Does your drinking make you careless of your family's welfare?
Has your ambition decreased since drinking?
Do you crave a drink at a definite time daily?
Do you want a drink the next morning?
Does drinking cause you to have difficulty in sleeping?
Has your efficiency decreased since drinking?
Is drinking jeopardizing your job or business?
Do you drink to escape from worries or troubles?
Do you drink alone?
Have you ever had a complete loss of memory as a result of your drinking?
Has your physician ever treated you for drinking?
Do you drink to build up your self-confidence?
Have you ever been in a hospital or institution on account of drinking?
If you answered YES to any one of the questions, there is a warning that you may be
alcohol dependent/chemically dependent.
If you answered YES to any two,
the chances are that you are alcohol/chemically dependent.
If you have answered YES to three
or more, seek help immediately.
The above questions are used by Johns Hopkins University
Hospital, Baltimore, MD, in deciding whether
alcohol dependent. The questions have been revised by CompCare to
include other drug dependencies.