alcoholism as a trap

Am I An Alcoholic?

How Do You Know The Person is an Alcoholic? What I believe is that if drink is causing a problem for other people then the person has a drink problem. When my husband went into rehab they gave him a questionaire which was supposed to assess if he had a drink problem, but the questions were so riduiculous that anybody who drinks alcohol would have been branded an alcoholic by the end of it. I have in the interm found the following questionaire which I think gives a more realistic assessment:  

If your loved one is admiting to a degree that their drinking is out of control, printing this questionaire and giving it during a time of sobriety (during a remorseful hangover would be good!) might give them the extra push they need to get help.

YES NO
1. Do you lose time from work due to drinking?
2. Is drinking making your home life unhappy?
3. Do you drink because you are shy with other people?
4. Is drinking affecting your reputation?
5. Have you ever felt remorse after drinking?
6. Have you gotten into financial difficulties as a result of drinking?
7. Do you turn to lower companions and an inferior environment when drinking?
8. Does your drinking make you careless of your family’s welfare?
9. Has your ambition decreased since drinking?
10. Do you crave a drink at a definite time of day?
11. Do you want a drink the next morning?
12. Does drinking cause you to have difficulty in sleeping?
13. Has your efficiency decreased since drinking?
14. Is drinking jeopardizing your job or business?
15. Do you drink to escape from worries or trouble?
16. Do you drink alone?
17. Have you ever had a complete loss of memory as a result of drinking?
18. Has your physician ever treated you for drinking?
19. Do you drink to build up your self-confidence?
20. Have you ever been to a hospital or institution on account of drinking?

If you have answered YES to any one of the questions, there is a definite warning that you may be an alcoholic

.If you have answered YES to any two, the chances are that you are an alcoholic

.If you have answered YES to three or more, you are definitely an alcoholic

(Questionaire by Dr. Robert V. Seliger for use at John Hopkins University Hospital, Baltimore, MD, in deciding whether a patient is alcoholic.)

2 thoughts on “Am I An Alcoholic?”

  1. Thanks so much for this information on how to live with an alcoholic. I know for people that have this problem its a life long process to get over it. Don’t get discouraged though, you are not alone in the fight. You can do it! There is a way to overcome your addiction.

  2. Thank you for the questionnaire. My partner is what I usually describe as a heavy drinker – when I’ve suggested to him that his drinking is bordering on alcoholism he has become angry. Looking at the questionnaire though has made me realise that he’s not ‘borderline’ but that he is actually an alcoholic. Just because he says he isn’t doesn’t make it true. He’s become increasingly unreasonable with myself especially, but also with my 2 children sometimes, always in the evening when he’s had a fair bit to drink. There’s no point getting into discussions or challenging him when he’s like that as it just escalates into a full blown row where somehow I seem to be in the wrong (according to him). And then often in the morning, he doesn’t remember what happened, though he does seem to be able to recall it if I remind him. I’m a shadow of the person I used to be – I always feel tearful, I have no friends as I have no time for them and also I don’t feel I can be honest with people about my life as I’m so ashamed and also I don’t like to bring people back to ours as sometimes he’s been so awful, and it’s always unpredictable. I stay with him for the sake of the kids, but then I wonder if this is really in their best interests? I’m just biding my time until my children are grown and then I can finally be free.

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