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  • Have you been arrested for a DWI/DUI for drunk driving?
  • Have you during the last year found that you were not able to stop drinking once you had started?
  • Have you needed a first drink in the morning to get yourself going after a heavy drinking session?
  • Have you been unable to remember what happened the night before because you had been drinking?
  • Have you or someone else been injured as a result of your drinking?
  • Has a relative, friend, doctor or other health worker been concerned about your drinking or suggested you cut down?

If you answered “Yes” to any of the above questions, then YOU have a problem with alcohol.

Does it seem that when you get depressed or upset you want to drink? Could you drink approximately 5 to 6 drinks of vodka in one evening and think you could still drive?

Do you end up calling your loved one up and saying horrible things to them? Or you go to the bar and end up spending more money then intended and getting just totally drunk, to the point you want to fist fight a best friend and causing the ones that love you pain? But how do you stop? You’ve tried and stopped for a while but then you start drinking again.

The most common alcohol problems include: Binge Drinking Binge drinking is the type of problem drinking most often engaged in by young people in the 18- to 21-year-old age range. Within this age group binge drinking is more prevalent among college students than non-students.

Researchers often define binge drinking as the consumption of five or more drinks at one sitting for males and three or more drinks at one sitting for females. Students living on a campus with high rates of binge drinking experience more incidents of assault and unwanted sexual advances than students on campuses with lower binge drinking rates.

Alcohol Abuse Alcohol abuse often results in absence from, and impaired performance at, school and on the job, neglect of childcare or household responsibilities, legal difficulties and drinking while driving. Individuals who abuse alcohol may continue to drink despite the knowledge that their drinking causes them recurrent and significant social, interpersonal, or legal problems.

Alcohol Dependence Alcohol dependence is a chronic and often progressive disease that includes a strong need to drink despite repeated social or interpersonal problems such as losing a job or deteriorating relationships with friends and family members. Don’t wait to lose your family, friends, job, finances, respect due to getting arrested, health, someone’s life, or your own. Alcohol can destroy your life!

Alcoholism is a disease, and there is no shame in having a problem with alcohol. The problem is in doing nothing about. If you think that you or someone that you care about is having a problem with alcohol, ask me a question, I may be able to help you. I have experience dealing with alcohol recovery and I am willing to share that experience with you, so please contact me.

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