A self-diagnostic alcoholism test is a great way to discover if you have a drinking problem or not. The only problem is finding one which is suitable for you. We have gathered together the most effective and accurate tests available, tests that can assist you in discovering whether you have a drinking problem or not.
If you are an alcoholic (alcohol dependent) then your consumption of drink harms you as it does the problem drinker.
However, there are also other warning signs of alcoholism that may indicate alcohol dependency and alcoholic behavior such as.........
You only visit places, people and events where you know there will be drink available.
When you don’t drink for a short period of time (up to 24 hours) you begin to suffer alcohol withdrawals. These can include such symptoms as the ‘shakes’, sweating, rapid heartbeat, anxiety etc. and range in severity depending on how alcohol dependent the individual has become.
In order to get rid of these symptoms the alcoholic drinker will drink. A vicious circle.
The alcoholic will see his tolerance for drink increase (at least in the adaptive stage of alcoholism). Which means he/she needs to drink more to get the desired effect (the high/buzz-whatever you want to call it).
The alcoholic craves alcohol. Unless you feel or have felt this craving for a substance it is difficult to explain how it feels. Perhaps it is best to describe it as an unending obsession, a need for alcohol that consumes you. Nothing else matters.
One common characteristic of the alcoholic is the constant broken promises made to himself/herself to give up or cut down on drinking. Waking up in the morning surrounded by the mess of the previous day’s abuse the dependent drinker swears off drink. Yet not long after they find themselves drunk again. A cycle of self-loathing for their weaknesses continues. A very bad feeling that the alcoholic copes with by……………drinking some more.
In short: The ALCOHOLIC most definitely has a problem with drinking. The PROBLEM DRINKER may or may not be an alcoholic.
Both are abusing alcohol- using it in a harmful way.
It is important to keep in mind that even if you are not showing signs of alcoholism now but you have a problem with drink, the problem, unless you get help, can turn into a much, much bigger problem......
The only safe way to drink is so-called moderate drinking (or, of course, abstinence).
Anything else is problem drinking, alcohol abuse or alcoholism. They are all damaging to you and your life.
There are those who argue that some personality types are more likely to engage in addictive/obsessive behavior.
Others see it differently and believe that substances (such as alcohol and other drugs) change the make-up of the brain resulting in addictive behavior. It is not possible, in their view, to be addicted to activities. Hence, there is no such thing as addictive personality disorder.
Abstinence (that is not drinking at all) is the currently accepted treatment for drink dependency.
It is not easy to stay away from drink so it is always a battle between the individual and the bottle.
However, if abstinence is not for you, then there are other options available, visit AA Alternatives for alcohol treatment options that do not require abstinence from alcohol.
Despite its widespread acceptance, abstinence and the AA way are not particularly effective in the treatment of alcoholism. ONLY 5% of alcoholics remain abstinent after 3 years of attending Alcoholic Anonymous meetings. There are other, MORE SUCCESSFUL TREATMENT OPTIONS THAN AA.
Deborah Morrow, M.S. Addiction Psychology, is the director of treatment programs for The Alcoholism Guide website. In her practice, Deborah provides on-line coaching and support for those dependent on alcohol or who require other services such as relapse prevention or court mandated services. (Read More)