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Alcohol and Alcoholism

Alcohol has played a key part in Irish culture for many years.  It is associated with hospitality, celebration, romance and stress relief among others.  It can be difficult for a person to understand whether alcohol is their friend or their enemy.  In a culture where a great many people drink to excess it can be difficult to know when you have a problem with alcohol.  Others have an opinion but only you can decide if you have an problem with alcohol or if in fact you may be an alcoholic.

If you are concerned that you may have a problem then take the questionnaire below to get a better understanding.  If you are still concerned after answering the questions then the best thing to do is to take action – call us for a discreet non-judgemental appointment and put a plan in place where you are the master of alcohol in your life.

To answer this question ask yourself the following questions and answer them as honestly as you can.

  • is drinking making your home life unhappy?
  • does your drinking make you careless of your family’s welfare?
  • do you drink because are shy with other people?
  • is drinking affecting your reputation?
  • do you drink to escape from worries or trouble?
  • do you drink alone?
  • have you lost time from work due to drinking?
  • has your ambition decreased since drinking?
  • has your efficiency decreased since drinking?
  • is drinking jeopardising your job or business?
  • have you ever felt remorse after drinking?
  • are you in financial difficulties as a result of drinking?
  • do you turn to or seek an inferior environment when drinking?
  • do you crave a drink at a definite time daily?
  • does drinking cause you to have difficulty in sleeping?
  • do you want a drink the next morning?
  • do you drink to build up your self-confidence?
  • have you ever had a complete loss of memory as a result of drinking?
  • has your doctor ever treated you for drinking?
  • have you ever been in hospital or prison because of drinking?

 

What is your score?

If you have answered YES to any one of the questions, there is a definite warning that you may be alcoholic.

If you have answered YES to any two, the chances are that you are an alcoholic.

If you have answered YES to three or more, you are definitely an alcoholic.

Call us now if you are concerned about alcoholism or anything else for that matter.  We can help.