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 drink because you have problems? To relax?
- Do you drink when you get mad at other people, your friends or parents?
- Do you prefer to drink alone, rather than with others?
- Are your grades starting to slip? Are you goofing off on your job?
- Did you ever try to stop drinking or drink less — and fail?
- Have you begun to drink in the morning, before school or work?
- Do you gulp your drinks?
- Do you ever have loss of memory due to your drinking?
- Do you lie about your drinking?
- Do you ever get into trouble when you’re drinking?
- Do you get drunk when you drink, even when you don’t mean to?
- Do you think it’s cool to be able to hold your liquor?
If you can answer yes to any one of these questions, maybe it’s time you took a serious look at what your drinking might be doing to you.