If you find yourself asking “am I an alcoholic”, then your drink levels have likely already become a problem.
However, as is the case with all addictions, help is available. You will not be alone in feeling the way that you are.
Take Liam, for example. A young man from Warrington who accepted that he had become addicted to alcohol.
In his late twenties, Liam realised that he had an alcohol dependency problem and sought assistance from our team at Port of Call.
Find out all about Liam’s success story here.
There are countless success stories out there, and you can become the latest one.
Taking the test to find our whether you are an alcoholic requires several steps.
Let’s make them together.
How often are you drinking?
If you find yourself unable to go a day without having a drink, it is time to do something about it.
There is, of course, a difference between alcohol consumption and alcohol abuse.
What may start out as a leisurely or social habit can eventually spiral out of control. It is essential to take control of your growing addiction as soon as possible.
Like most things, you can build up a tolerance to alcohol. If you find that you are taking less time to recover after drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, then you might want to consider getting help.
Continue to take the test by reading on below.
How many weekly units are you drinking?
The UK Chief Medical Officers’ alcohol unit guidelines advise it is safest not to consume more than 14 units of alcohol a week on a regular basis.
Wondering what constitutes a unit of alcohol? To put it into perspective, 14 units equates to six pints of 4% beer or six glasses of 13% wine. Similarly, 14 25ml glasses of 40% spirits are your recommended weekly limit.
Drinkaware has a unit and calorie counter that can help you work out your calorie intake.
Researchers believe that consuming eight or more units in a single session can be defined as binge drinking, while the number is six for women.
If you’re drinking more than this quantity and wondering whether this makes you an alcoholic – you may be correct. But you have also taken the first step in recovery, which is identifying the problem in the first place.
We are on hand to assist you and ascertain what sort of help is best suited for your situation.
Is your alcohol intake having a negative impact on your personal and professional life?
If drinking alcohol has ever prevented you from going to work, then it is interfering with your life. Whether it is a case of being drunk or hungover, excessive drinking can have a profound impact on your working life.
Similarly, if drinking at a work event has caused you embarrassment among your peers, you are not using alcohol responsibly.
Misuse of alcohol can also disrupt family life at home. Arguments, tension and even fear can occur through binge drinking. It is so often at this point when those with drink problems ask the question that we know can be so difficult – “am I an alcoholic?”.
This isn’t an easy issue to broach. We completely understand, having been through this ourselves and come out the other side.
The impact alcoholism can have on children around you cannot be understated. If your behaviour is causing them to miss school, leave homework incomplete, avoid social interaction or become angry, it really is time to do something about it.
Do you often suffer from memory loss after excessive alcohol consumption?
Suffering memory loss during a session of binge drinking can be extremely dangerous. You’re out of character while drinking and, in failing to process your actions, could seriously harm yourself or others.
Studies show that binge drinking is more likely to cause memory loss and alcohol blackouts than slow, heavy drinking.
Admittedly, over 50% of adults have ‘blacked out’ as a result of excessive alcohol consumption at least once in their lives. Bear in mind, one occurrence of this doesn’t necessarily equate to a drinking problem. However, regular memory loss or blackouts can become a worrying issue.
Take a look at our signs and symptoms of alcoholism page.
Do you ever crave alcohol?
Craving alcohol can fall into the same category as using drinking as a coping mechanism – neither of which are healthy.
A rough day at work, an argument with a spouse, a bad memory and other negatively invasive thoughts can certainly act as triggers for alcohol cravings.
As is so often the case, you’re not alone in feeling this way. The key is to be able to control such urges. Increasingly caving into these alcohol cravings can quickly change to a physical and psychological dependency. At which point, the above questions can help to ascertain the level of help that you require.
We’re only too aware of how difficult it can be to accept that you may be an alcoholic. We’ve been there. On the other hand, we’re also proud to say that we know how liberating it is to rid yourself of addiction.
Is alcohol costing you more than money?
As is the case with most addictions, alcoholism can have a detrimental impact on your finances. A reliance on drinking to help cope with life’s issues will prove expensive, of that there is no doubt.
On top of that, alcohol addiction can end up costing you a lot more than just money. Your job, relationship, family life, health and social life can all suffer as a consequence of excessive drinking.
A domino effect can often occur. When one of the above suffers, the rest can so easily follow.
If you’re unable to set limits around the amount you’re drinking, and if your drinking is causing problems in your life, then you have a problem with alcohol.
So please, don’t suffer alone. The sooner you seek help, the better.