8 Questions To Ask Yourself If You Think You Might Have A Drinking Problem


By Angela Haupt

Original Source: womanshealthmag.com

Remember when you used to look forward to book club meetings, and now you’ll only go if it’s a boozy book club meeting? Or that time you resolved to cut back in the New Year, then sheepishly vowed to try again in February or maybe… June?

Both are signs that could indicate you have a drinking problem, says licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselor Beth Kane-Davidson, director of the Addiction Treatment Center at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. More than 5 million women in the U.S. drink “in a way that threatens their health, safety, and general well-being,” the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) reports. That’s bad news since heavy drinking can lead to alcoholic liver disease, brain disease, cancer, and heart disease, according to the agency. Not to mention trouble at work and broken relationships at home.

If you’re feeling a little anxious right about now, give that some serious weight. “That’s enough of a question, a reflection you’re having with yourself, that you should probably seek further evaluation,” Kane-Davidson says.

Here are eight questions to ask yourself if you’ve ever found yourself wondering: Am I an alcoholic? If you find yourself nodding along…click here to continue reading