Many people are unsure what being an alcoholic means, what are the warning signs for alcohol addiction and how to tell whether regular drinking has turned into a problem drinking.
Alcohol may be used to mask or cope with underlying issues like stress, anxiety or depression. As a depressant alcohol use almost always worsens depression and anxiety and can lead to a large number of mental health and physical health problems. Hovewer, different people have different tolerance levels and some may manage problematic drinking whilst continuing to work and maintain some form of functioning.
Unlike other addictive substances like cocaine or heroin, alcohol is widely accepted and available in most cultures. It’s closely linked to enjoyment and celebration and often is in the center of social situations. Therefore it can be difficult to recognize when alcohol has become a serious problem.
Are you unsure about the signs of alcohol addiction? Have you asked yourself “Do I have a drinking problem?” This self-assessment test will help you understand the impact of your drinking and determine if you have an alcohol abuse problem.
When answering the questions, use the last 12 months of your life as a frame of reference. Be honest with yourself, only then you will receive correct results of your test.
This test is based on The Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test (MAST)
Please note that this test is not meant to provide an official diagnosis of alcohol abuse or dependence. If you find that you have a question about your own alcohol use or that of a loved one, either now or in the future, please discuss this with your physician, healthcare professional, or contact us at Rosglas Recovery.