What They Say?

If you are reading this you are probably wondering if you, or someone else’s, drinking has become a problem.

It is fair to say that most people have experienced some level of problems with drinking, whether this is the occasional hangover or doing something when drunk that you wouldn’t do when sober.

Because drinking is perfectly legal and socially acceptable it may sometimes be hard to recognise problem drinking – after all, you probably know many people who drink just as much as you do. And they don’t have a drinking problem. It is not just the amount or the frequency of drinking that determines whether someone has a problem.

It is also not always about losing control over life – many people are still able to fulfil their daily responsibilities but still experience problems with alcohol. Some survive for years as functioning drinkers, but experience shows that once a certain line has been crossed the problem gets worse and never better.

You don’t have to be dependent on alcohol to experience problems.

Problem drinking looks different in each person. Some may have the occasional binge but drink excessively every time when in social situations, some might spend their after-work evenings drinking alone at home, some may dedicate all of their time to drinking. Drinking becomes a problem when you realise it's starting to get in the way what is important to you, or becomes necessary.

These are some commonalities that people who drink problematically experience:

  • Not being able to stop drinking after having your first drink
  • Feeling guilty or remorseful after an episode of drinking
  • Making excuses for drinking
  • Drinking to cope with stress, anxiety, depression or difficult life events
  • Mood swings and irritability more often than normal
  • Memory loss due to drinking
  • Not being able to do things that would normally be expected of you
  • Having alcohol withdrawal if you haven’t had a drink for a while
  • Health problems due to drinking
  • Being constantly preoccupied with thoughts about drinking

If you are concerned about alcohol use you can use our self screening tool below. We do not store any data or information from these forms and it's completely anonymous.

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