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How Do I Know If I Need Alcohol Treatment?

Each person's "rock bottom" is different. Some people recognize that they are in trouble early. What you need to ask yourself is, "How far down do I want to go before I make an effort to come back up?" or "How much am I willing to risk the possibility that I'll never make it back up?"

In the following self-assessment, answer the questions honestly either yes or no and keep tally of how many of each you have. This only takes a minute and could help you better gauge whether or not you might have a problem with alcohol.

  1. Have you ever decided to stop drinking and been unable to do so for any length of time?
    YES NO
  2. Are other people bothered by your intake of alcohol? Do they make comments or make it apparent they are uncomfortable around you when you are intoxicated?
    YES NO
  3. Have you ever made an attempt to stop drinking by switching from beer to liquor, liquor to beer, and found that either you were unsuccessful or that you just added a new "flavor" to your drinking?
    YES NO
  4. In the past year have you ever had a drink upon waking up to feel better from the night before?
    YES NO
  5. Do you wish you could be like other people who drink and do not get in trouble? Do you envy them?
    YES NO
  6. In the past year have you been in trouble at school, work or with the law as a result of drinking?
    YES NO
  7. In the past year has your drinking caused problems at home with your family, children, parents or spouse?
    YES NO
  8. Do you ever sneak drinks or hide them at parties or get high or "buzzed" before attending social events so that people can't gauge how much you are drinking?
    YES NO
  9. Do you tell yourself that you can quit anytime but still get drunk without meaning to?
    YES NO
  10. Have you missed school, work or important family commitments because you were hung-over or drunk?
    YES NO
  11. Do you ever have "blackouts" or periods you can't remember while drinking?
    YES NO
  12. Have you ever felt that if you could only quit drinking that your life would be much better?
    YES NO


You answered yes to less than two questions:

Your answers suggest that drinking is no problem to you.

You answered yes to between 2 and 4 questions:

Your self-assessment responses suggest that your drinking use pattern could be getting in the way of your ability to function at your very best. Certainly, no written test can determine better than you and a qualified professional if your drinking is out of your control. Often the fear of being labeled an "alcoholic" keep people from confronting the issue altogether. Self-education is the best tool you can arm yourself with. One way you can learn more about the signs of alcoholism is to read information made available on this website or by speaking with an addiction specialist to address any concerns you might have.
Remember you can take advantage of our free consultation and call us now to get answers to your questions regarding alcohol use and addiction. Good luck and best wishes to you.


Your responses suggest that drinking has become a real problem for you and that your drinking is consistent with most definitions of alcohold addiction. However, consider your honesty about your alcohol use an accomplishment and your first step towards recovery.
You are encouraged to consult with knowledgeable professionals in the field of alcohol addiction. You may consider a quick call for a no obligation consultation to our facility, Florida Center for Recovery, to get more information about alcohol use and the dangers of alcohol abuse. Our trained admissions personnel can even discuss options for treatment with you.

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