Do I Have a Drinking Problem?
You, a friend, or family member drinks a lot. A moment occurs to you – is it really a problem? According to a new study published in JAMA Psychiatry 1 in 8 Americans face alcoholism, but most people tend to seek a solution.
Signs a Drinking Problem Needs to Be Addressed
- You’ve ruined relationships with friends or family.
- Had issues at work: Not performing up to your ability or attendance.
- Someone has told you, “You might want to stop drinking.”
- You’ve had a run-in with the law.
- You’ve woken up in the hospital from alcohol.
Evaluation: Let’s Look at Drinking Problems
Drinking problems are often genetic, but before we go there, let’s look at simple ways to see if there are other problems that can be dealt with before the booze comes in.
Work Causing Drinking Problems
You’ve hustled all day or all week and all you can look forward to is getting numb to forget about the day-to-day. Stress at work can be an easy culprit, so maybe you should put forth that time and money at the bar and focus on a new job.
Social settings at work or after work, entertaining clients or ritual Happy Hours can also create a habit that could be removed if you had a different role.
School Causing Drinking Problems
The stress of studying and exams drive you to drink and while you think it’s all a part of the normal routine, it’s actually not.
Family Tension Causing Drinking Problems
Relationships teetering? Kids overwhelmingly needy? It might be family counseling that first needs to happen to relieve some of the stress.
Friends Causing Drinking Problems
Your friends are always socializing at bars and every get together revolves around alcohol and you don’t even keep track anymore. If you were to take alcohol out of the equation, would they still be your friends? You might want to try a different crowd for just a week to see how you habits change.