Do I Have A Problem With Drinking?

Contemplating whether or not you have a problem with drinking may be an indicator that there is a problem. A person’s awareness of how alcohol is negatively impacting their life is going to be a great asset on their journey towards recovery and health. Below is a list of some indicators for having a problem with alcohol. If you identify with more than two of these items within a twelve-month span, you may have a problematic pattern of alcohol consumption.

  • Drinking greater amounts of alcohol than you intended OR drink over a longer period than you planned on.
  • Persistent desire to cut down or control drinking OR have been unsuccessful in attempts to cut down or control drinking.
  • Spend a lot of time in activities in order to obtain alcohol, use alcohol or recover from the effects of alcohol.
  • Experience cravings, strong desire, or urge to use alcohol
  • Repeated alcohol use causing failure to follow through with major role obligations at work, school or home.
  • Continue to drink despite social or interpersonal issues caused by drinking, OR made worse by the effects of alcohol.
  • Avoid or no longer engage in important occupational, recreational or social activities because of your drinking.
  • Consume alcohol in places or situations that are physically hazardous.
  • Continue to drink even after knowledge of having a persistent or recurrent physical or psychological problem that was either caused OR made worse by alcohol.
  • Have developed a tolerance to alcohol:
    • You drink more in order to achieve desired effects of alcohol OR you drink in order to avoid experiencing withdrawal symptoms.
  • Have experienced withdrawal symptoms (American Psychiatric Association, 2013)

Michelle Hill, MFTI
(949) 359-1353
Marriage and Family Therapist Intern IMF 91401
Registered Addiction Treatment Counselor 7919-R
Supervised By: Glenn E. McClellan, Ph.D. License # psy 14169


American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.


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