Recognizing a Problem
If you are concerned about a friend's drinking, go to how to help a friend.
If you are concerned about yourself, read the following statements and keep track of how many times they apply to you.
Recognizing a Problem
- It is difficult for you to stop drinking after you've had one or two drinks.
- When you drink, you always wind up drunk.
- Even after your friends say they've had enough alcohol, you want to continue drinking.
- You turn to certain "drinking buddies" or to a specific environment when you drink.
- You crave a drink at a specific time every day, like after class or after work.
- When you're out with friends, you sneak a few drinks without their knowledge.
- A significant part of your day is spent obtaining, consuming, or recovering from the effects of alcohol.
- You sometimes have a drink to help you fall asleep.
- You sometimes stay drunk for several days at a time.
- The day after drinking, you have trouble remembering what you did the night before.
- You sometimes feel guilty about your drinking.
- Most of the time, you have a hangover or headache after you've been drinking.
- When you're sober, you often regret things you said or did while you were drinking.
- After drinking, you have experienced severe anxiety, shaking, or visual or auditory hallucinations.
- Drinking has caused you to be late for class or work.
- Your performance at school or work has suffered because of your drinking.
- You have gotten into an argument or a fistfight while you were drinking.
- Your drinking has led to financial problems.
- You have neglected your classes, job, family or other obligations for two or more days in a row because you were drinking.
- You have been arrested for intoxicated behavior or driving under the influence of alcohol.
Drinking and Emotions
- When you're in a social situation and no alcohol is provided, you feel uncomfortable.
- You use alcohol as an escape when you're angry, disappointed, or otherwise upset.
- Your personality is altered when you consume alcohol.
Family and Friends
- Your family or friends have expressed concern about your drinking.
- You get irritated when your family or friends want to discuss your drinking.
- You have lost a friend or created a rift with a family member based on their feelings about your drinking.
You've tried to change
- You've promised yourself to slow down or stop drinking, but you can only keep the promise for a few days or weeks at a time.
- You have tried switching from one kind of alcohol to another in an effort to cut down or remain in control of your drinking, or to try to avoid getting drunk.
If 4 or more of these statements apply to you, you may have a problem with alcohol or have the potential to develop one. Examine your habits honestly. Patterns of heavy drinking in college could lead to a more serious problem down the road. You can reduce your drinking with some of the ideas listed in ways to cut down.
If 5 or more of these statements apply to you, there's a strong chance that you frequently misuse and abuse alcohol. NOW is the time for you to change your drinking patterns and behaviors. Because of the brain development occurring in teenagers and young adults, you could be at high risk for having these habits develop into set patterns. The resources below can help you.
Resources at Appalachian
Student Wellness Center 828-262-3148
Confidential appointments for drug or alcohol concerns for yourself or for a friend. We are located on the 2nd floor of the Miles Annas Building (post office building).
Health Service 828-262-3100
Confidential walk-in or appointment health care. Located on the 2nd floor of the Miles Annas Building (post office building).
Counseling Center 828-262-3180
Confidential appointments for any type of concern including anxiety, depression, stress, etc. Located on the 1st floor of the Miles Annas Building (post office building).
Resources in Boone and the High Country
Confidential and anonymous twelve-step recovery program for people with drinking problems. For more meetings and information, go to the AA web site. Click here to view a list of meeting abbreviations.
MA uses the basic 12-step recovery program for people who are addicted to marijuana. Online groups are available, as well as publications, frequently asked questions and 12 questions to determine if marijuana is a problem in your life. The literature section has stories by teens, help for loved ones of marijuana addicts, and the dangers of cross addiction. There is a Marijuana Anonymous.
Confidential and anonymous twelve-step program for friends and family members of people with drinking problems.
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Reproduced with permission from Brown University's Health Education Department.