There are several “yes/no” tests designed to alert users to the first signs of alcoholism. The following example comes from the National Institutes of Health:
Other indicators of alcoholism include any or all of the following signs:
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) has developed a list of 12 Questions, that have helped many decide whether their drinking has gotten to point where they need to seek help.
If you find that some or all of these first signs of alcoholism apply to you, what is the next step?
Seek help. Call your family doctor, or contact the National Drug and Alcohol Treatment Referral Routing Service (sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) at 1-800-662-HELP (4357). They will direct you to a substance abuse program in your area.
Many people find help through Alcoholics Anonymous. To find an AA chapter in your area, visit the AA web site or find a contact number in your local telephone directory.
For additional resource and information on alcohol abuse and dependence, a list of worldwide organizations and contacts can be accessed in our alcoholism help section.