Drinking may cause problems in your life that seem to be major or relatively minor.
Risk factors include genetics as well as situational factors like your friends and environment.
When drinking casually with friends, we may not look for or recognize signs of alcoholism. Alcohol consumption is so common that addiction and abuse can be difficult to identify, especially in ourselves. There are many ways to enjoy a healthy relationship with alcohol; it’s when drinking starts to interfere with your everyday life that there may be a problem.
Alcohol abuse comes in many forms, and people can keep abusing alcohol without hitting “rock bottom.” Drinking may cause problems in your life that seem to be major or relatively minor.
Drinking may be a problem if you …
Using alcohol as a tool to manage emotions or moods can seem like a good idea and that it helps you cope. But over time, drinking can affect the rest of your life, including your:
And since our bodies are wired to seek pleasure and relief, you may find it hard to cut down on your own.
If you’re concerned about your drinking habits or you’d like to know more, a confidential self-assessment can help you figure out if you have a problem.
When drinking starts to interfere with your everyday life, there may be a problem.
Many of us drink alcohol on a regular basis, but some of us are more likely to develop problems with alcohol than others. If we're aware of our risk factors, we can take steps to reduce the likelihood of developing an addiction.
Risk factors you need to know:
Situational factors you can control: