Monday July 28th 2014

Drunk Christmas: 7 signs of alcohol problems

Planning a drunk Christmas?

Well, you’re not alone.  In fact, Christmas has its roots in an ancient Roman ritual that celebrated the return of the sun god (Saturn) after the winter solstice through gift-giving, feasting, singing and downright drunkenness.  But if you’re worried that you might have a problem that continues throughout the year, you may want to ask yourself the following questions:

7 questions about drinking

1. Do you drink even if you promise yourself you won’t?
2. Once you have one drink, do you have to have another?
3. Have you ever forgotten what you did while drinking (blacked out)?
4. Do you drink when you feel bored, scared, angry or sad?
5. Does drinking ever make you late for work or make you miss an appointment?
6. Does your drinking worry your family?
7. Do you get headaches or have a hangover after drinking?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may have a problem with alcohol.

Please daddy don’t get drunk this Christmas

If you are drinking too much, you can help yourself by cutting back or quitting. First, you need to evaluate the true nature of the behavior, so keep track of how much you drink.  Then, take steps towards cutting back on the booze.  For example, avoid places where over drinking occurs, If keep only a limited supply of alcohol in your home and find new ways to deal with stress or negative emotions. If you still have problem controlling your drinking after trying to, you may need outside help and can consider seeing an addiction counselor, seeking in/outpatient treatment for addiction or talk to a LCSW (licensed clinical social worker) that specializes in addiction.

Reference source: Toolkit for alcoholism

Photo credit: Houston Marsh

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