Have you ever asked: Am I an alcoholic? If you have, you might want to consider taking a personal inventory to determine if you really do have a problem with alcohol. One of the biggest issues that face most alcoholics is the denial that they really have a problem, so if you catch yourself fudging on these questions and saying “maybe” or “sorta”, count that as a “yes” for the purposes of this self-evaluation.
• Do you lose time from work, school or other responsibilities because of drinking alcohol?
• Do you find that drinking alcohol makes you feel more confident socially?
• Is drinking alcohol ruining your reputation?
• Do you feel guilty for how much you drink?
• Is drinking alcohol interfering with your financial situation?
• Do you find yourself careless of your loved ones when you’re drinking alcohol?
• Does drinking alcohol interfere with your ambition?
• Do you want a drink in the morning?
• Does drinking interfere with your sleep?
• Do you drink to forget about trouble?
If you’ve answered yes to one or more of these questions, you are at risk for being an alcoholic should look into getting help.
If You’re an Alcoholic, There is Help
There are many groups and organizations that can help you stop drinking if you’re an alcoholic and want to be sober. You don’t have to go it alone and you don’t have to live in shame. There are many people who have found themselves as alcoholics and are now living clean, sober lives that they really enjoy. Someone who has been through what you have is in a good position to help you, so don’t be shy about reaching out. You deserve better than living an alcoholic life, so be ready to recover and really enjoy living.