Do You / “Do I” Drink Too Much?
Have you ever wondered “Do I drink too much?” How much is too much? Drinking can slowly creep its way into your daily activities and suddenly you find yourself drinking every day, missing opportunities because of it or becoming dependent on it.
Take our quick quiz to learn more.
In the past year, have you… ?
1. Been unable to stick to intended drinking limits?
2. Been unable to cut down or stop drinking more than once when you tried to or wanted to?
3. Spent a lot of time drinking alcohol and recovering from its effects?
4. Wanted a drink so badly you couldn’t think of anything else?
5. Found that drinking—or being sick from drinking—often caused school or work troubles or interfered with taking care of your home or family?
6. Continued to drink even though it hurt your relationships with family or friends?
7. Had to drink more than your usual number of drinks to get the effect you wanted?
8. Skipped important, interesting, or pleasurable activities because you wanted to drink instead?
9. More than once gotten into situations while or after drinking that increased your chances of getting hurt (such as driving or having unsafe sex)?
10. Continued to drink even though it was making you feel depressed or adding to another health problem? Or after having had a memory blackout?
11. Shown signs of withdrawal, such as trouble sleeping, shakiness, restlessness, nausea, sweating, a racing heart, or a seizure?
What Your Answers Mean
Questions 1 to 3
“These questions deal with the loss of control associated with the start of a drinking problem,” says Terry Schneekloth, M.D., a Mayo Clinic addiction expert. “Even if you can generally stop drinking when you want to, talk to your doctor to devise a drinking plan so it doesn’t get worse.”
Questions 4 to 6
“Often the association between alcohol and life’s problems is hard to see. If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, seek professional help,” Dr. Schneekloth says. Kimberly Brown, M.D., of the Henry Ford Liver Disease Center, warns that you could develop cirrhosis if you’ve had three drinks a day or binged on weekends for a decade. Have your doc order a liver function blood test to see if you’re in trouble.
“Tolerance builds over time. You might need three glasses of wine in your 50s when two was enough in your 30s,” says Dr. Schneekloth. “A month of abstinence won’t reset your tolerance, but you may suffer less from the emotional downsides of alcohol use and improve your sense of well-being.”
Questions 8 to 11
“If you’re answering yes to these questions, discuss your drinking with your doctor to protect your health,” says Dr. Schneekloth. “You may need medication to reduce cravings, decrease your drinking, or help you abstain.”
If you checked more than one box, you have alcohol use disorder (AUD), which has three grades of severity.
Mild 2 or 3 “yes” answers
Moderate 4 or 5
Severe 6 or more
Original Source: www.menshealth.com
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