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Recognising you need help

How do I know if I need to remove alcohol completely?

Here are some of the ways you can start to tell if you’ve got a problem with alcohol:

  • How often do you have six or more drinks on one occasion? (and check your pours, one standard glass of wine is just 100mls)
  • As a result of your drinking, did anything happen in the last year that you wish didn’t happen?
  • Have you started lying to yourself or others about how many drinks you’ve been having?
  • Are you trying to set yourself limits but keep breaking them (e.g. “I’m only going to have one glass tonight… dammit I had 4”)
  • Do you hanker for 5 o’clock to roll around so you can start drinking? Maybe 4 o’clock is ok on the weekends….?
  • Are you rationalizing with yourself, comparing yourself to others who appear worse off (e.g. “I’m not as bad as Joe – he can hardly walk straight most nights”)
  • Are you thinking about drinking a lot of the time? Beating yourself up, making excuses, feeling guilty, worrying…?