Drunk Christmas: 7 signs of alcohol problems

Do you need to get drunk to survive Christmas? Does drinking to get drunk over the holidays mean that you have an alcohol problem? Test yourself here.

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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.

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Reference source: Toolkit for alcoholism
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.


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  1. I am 44 years old and I been drinking since I was 14 years old. Used to I would just drink every evening. I lost my cousin also my best friend in the world. Every since then I drink from the time I get up till I go to bed. I crave beer. Normal day I consume at least a case of beer. Most people don’t know I’m even drinking. That’s when I feel normal. Had several police that couldn’t even tell.
    I don’t have insurance to be able to receive inpatient care and I damn sure can’t do it on my own. I had back surgery in 2014 been taking pain medication for ten years. Can’t seem to get out of this rout. Sometimes I feel as if I would be better dead. Obamacare is the only insurance I got and no one will take it. I would love to get my old life back but don’t know how. PLEASE HELP I NEED SOME SHURE NUFF HELP. THANKS SCOTTIE

    1. Hi Scottie. There’s always a help, if you want to turn your life around! First, I suggest that you look for a treatment facility on SAMHSA’s treatment locator, here: https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/locator/home

      You can add more details like insurance, location, sex, etc in order to find an adequate treatment facility. Also, some of the centers have web sites, but they all have phone numbers listed, so you can call them and ask about your options.

      Moreover, call a toll-free Alcohol Helpline on 1-888-675-1820 to find a high-quality alcohol addiction treatment program. This helpline is accessible 24/7 and gives you the chance to speak with trusted treatment consultants who can help you find an alcohol recovery program suited to your individual needs.

      Finally, download our free e-book ‘The Definitive Guide to Rehab’ here: http://addictionblog.org/ebooks/the-definitive-guide-to-rehab/ to help you choose the best rehab program for you.

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