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Am I Abusing Alcohol?

Answer the following questions:

  • 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?
  • 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 answered yes to even one of the above questions, you may want to discuss your drinking with your healthcare provider, someone at the Health Center, a counselor at the Counseling Center, or contact one of the assistance groups listed on our site.


Symptoms of Alcohol Abuse

  • Odor on the breath
  • Intoxication
  • Difficulty focusing; glazed eyes
  • Uncharacteristic passive or aggressive behavior
  • Gradual deterioration in personal appearance and hygiene
  • Gradual deterioration in school work or job performance
  • Absenteeism, especially on Mondays
  • Alcohol becomes the focus of activities
  • Irritability
  • Flushed skin
  • Blackouts (loss of memory)
  • Trouble with personal relationships

Remember that symptoms are not proof of alcohol abuse. There are often many other reasons for each of these symptoms. Please consult with a professional if you think alcohol may be the cause of these symptoms.


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