What Are the Signs of an Alcohol Problem?

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What Are the Signs of an Alcohol Problem?
How can you tell whether you may have a drinking problem?
Answering the following four questions can help you find out:
•Have you ever felt you should cut down on your drinking?
•Have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking?
•Have you ever felt bad or guilty about your drinking?
•Have you ever had a drink first thing in the morning (as an “eye opener”) to steady your nerves or get rid of a hangover?
One “yes” answer suggests a possible alcohol problem. If you answered “yes” to more than one question, it is highly likely that a problem exists. In either case, it is important that you see your doctor or other health care provider right away to discuss your answers to these questions. He or she can help you determine whether you have a drinking problem and, if so, recommend the best course of action.
Even if you answered “no” to all of the above questions, if you encounter drinking-related problems with your job, relationships, health, or the law, you should seek professional help. The effects of alcohol abuse can be extremely serious-even fatal-both to you and to others.