Who is an Alcoholic?
Complete An Alcoholism Questionnaire
Who is an Alcoholic?
Completing the questionnaire below will give you a good idea
Most of us have a stereotypical view of an alcoholic which goes something like this....
Middle-aged man, unkempt appearance, smelling of alcohol, divorced, no work, living on the edge.
Yes, it's true there are alcohol dependents like this, but there are just as many...
- teenagers using alcohol to escape from bullying and exam overload.
- retirees who have to have a drink first thing in the morning just to get out of bed.
- young mothers who drink to cope with their screaming children.
- successful executives who drink to deal with the stress of their work.
- children from alcoholic families who learned or inherited their parent's bad habits.
There is no 'classic' alcoholic type. There are all types of alcoholic
. Read my story
, my alcoholism story
is as unique as everybody else's.
What all alcoholics have in common though is that they demonstrate certain characteristics or signs and symptoms of drink dependency. I have a page on the ten warning signs of alcoholism
that gives you more information on this.
There is an argument that says that people with certain personalities
are more prone to alcoholism. Also those in the alcoholism field talk about addictive personality disorder
, a condition that makes an individual more likely to become obsessive about activities or substances.
There is however, a straightforward questionnaire, used by many professionals in the alcohol addiction field
that simplifies the process of identifying those with alcohol issues.
It is called the CAGE questionnaire
. This alcoholism questionnaire can answer the question,"Who is an alcoholic?"
Who is an Alcoholic?
The CAGE Questionnaire
This is a VERY SIMPLE 4 question self-test. Despite its simplicity, however, it is very effective at identifying problem drinking
All you have to do is answer yes or no
to the questions.
If you answer yes to 2 or more questions
then you should take a look at your alcohol use.
It is important to note that when answering the questions you should take into account your behavior and feelings over your whole lifetime
NOT just now.
Here are the questions:
- Have you ever felt you needed to Cut down on your drinking?
- Have people Annoyed you by criticizing your drinking?
- Have you ever felt Guilty about drinking?
- Have you ever felt you needed a drink first thing in the morning (Eye-opener) to steady your nerves or to get rid of a hangover?
As you can see the CAGE
questionnaire gets its name from the acronym formed by the letters in red
A word of caution, just because you may have answered yes to 2 or more questions does not mean you are alcoholic
What it does mean is that your drinking should be investigated
Who is an alcoholic?
If you answered yes to two or more or more of the questions it is important not to draw too many conclusions. However, it is important to seek advice and/or help of some sort.
For example if you want to you can look at the other alcoholism tests
on this site and see if they confirm or refute what the CAGE test has told you about your drinking.
Another step could be to, to visit somebody who is qualified to make a professional judgment about your drinking habits (only if you want to-remember nobody is forcing you
Usually this means making an appointment with an alcohol/addiction counselor
and discussing your alcohol consumption with him/her.
If you feel more comfortable with your family doctor
then go to them by all means. Most doctors have a good knowledge of alcoholism and its signs. If they think you have a problem they can refer you to a counselor/treatment center
Another option is to go to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting
in your area. These meetings are very simple in format. They generally involve alcoholics sharing their alcoholism stories
, feelings, and struggles with alcohol. This is a good way to discover more about alcoholism
and to decide whether you have a problem. You don't have to speak at these meetings if you don't want to, you can just listen.
Alcoholics Anonymous, however, is not for everybody
and there are plenty of options out there for those who do not want to go down the AA route, or have found the 12-step method
to be alien to them. Read AA alternatives
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