Am I an Alcoholic?


Am I an alcoholic? Odds are good that if you are asking yourself that question, you feel you may have some issues with alcohol.

You may have noticed some of the drinking problem signs or someone close to you may have broached the subject. The good news: simply asking the question is the first step to improving your life.

You might be surprised at how many people decide to ignore the common drinking problem signs. They tell themselves that they do not have any issues with alcohol and often become resentful towards those who suggest that they do. Denial is common and until it is resolved not much progress can take place.

Are You an Alcoholic? - The Answer

Am I an alcoholic? The truth is there is no set definition in this area. Doctors and psychologist disagree on many of the issues and this often leads to confusion. Many people who believe they may have issues with alcohol can benefit by taking self-assessment tests that are readily available. These tests ask specific questions and as long as you are honest in answering the questions, you may be able to get some insight into your own circumstances.

Things to Look For

In addition to the self-assessment tests, there are some common signs and symptoms to look for when you are asking yourself: Am I an alcoholic?

For example, do you have family members who have issues with alcohol? Often genetics play a part in this addiction. Studies have shown that genes can and do play a part in whether or not a person is susceptible to alcohol dependence.

Has your tolerance of alcohol increased over time? One of the most useful drinking problem signs is the fact that many people will have to consume more alcohol in order to get the same buzz. If you notice this in yourself, you may need to seek professional help.

Some people who are susceptible notice withdrawal symptoms if they do not consume alcohol within a particular period of time. For most of those affected by this, the time period runs from around 12 hour to 3 days.

They may begin to feel a sense of anxiety or their hands may begin to tremble slightly. They often have a sense of feeling restless, and thoughts of having that next beverage become profound.

Some of the most important drinking problem signs involve relationships with family, friends, and co-workers. If you are noticing that other people are beginning to ask you about your consumption, there is probably a good reason they are asking. Also, pay attention to your work habits. If you are missing work because you have hangovers, consider seeking some help.

Many people who ask the question, am I an alcoholic, do so because they have tried to cut back on their consumption and have failed. If this applies to you, you may want to talk to someone about it.

There is Help

The good news about all of this is that there is help available for just about anyone who wants help. The key, however, is asking for it. Many health insurance policies cover treatments for various addictions. For those without health insurance, many local clinics and volunteer organizations are ready to help.

You can find a list of them in your local phone book. If you are asking yourself the question - am I an alcoholic? - chances are good you can benefit by speaking to someone who can better answer the question, using all of your personal circumstances as a guide.

When you speak to them be honest and tell them all of the drinking problem signs that you have noticed in your life.

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Lead Writer/Reviewer : Kayla Loibl

Licensed Medical Health Professional 

I am a Mental Health Counselor who is licensed in both New York (LMHC) and North Carolina (LPC). I have been working in the Mental Health field since 2015. I have worked in a residential setting, an outpatient program and an inpatient addictions program. I began working in Long Island, NY and then in Guelph, Ontario after moving to Canada. Read More