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Am I Drinking Too Much?

If you are asking yourself this question, chances are that the answer is yes. For so many of us, we unknowingly crossed the line between social drinking and alcohol abuse. It’s an easy thing to do, because that line is a little blurry in our society. Our culture is saturated with alcohol, and drinking is viewed as a normal part of everyday life. For those of us who don’t drink, we are looked at differently. For anyone who thinks their drinking is getting out of hand, there is a certain amount of fear for not knowing what’s “wrong” with them and why they can’t stop.

There is a reason some people can’t stop drinking, and it’s not because something is “wrong” with them. Rather, it is because the disease of alcoholism hijacks a person’s brain to the point of them repeatedly doing the same thing, irrespective of negative consequences. If you are questioning the extent of your own drinking, try the CAGE tool. CAGE is an acronym for Cutting down, Annoyance by criticism, Guilty feeling, and Eye-openers. Inline with our purposes here, the CAGE screening tool is only a short four questions.

Have you ever:

  1. Felt the need to Cut down on your drinking?
  2. Felt Annoyed by people criticizing your alcohol use?
  3. Felt bad or Guilty about your drinking?
  4. Taken a drink in the morning (Eye-opener) to ease a hangover or calm your nerves?

If you answered yes to 2 or 3 of the questions, it is quite possible that alcohol has become a problem in your life. A score of 4 means there is a very high likelihood of there being a drinking problem. This tool is only used for screening and is not a medical diagnosis. If you scored 2 or more, you should give the Serenity Recovery Center a call and inquire about further evaluation. It is important to seek medical attention because not only is alcohol really hard on your body, but quitting cold turkey is extremely dangerous and in some cases, fatal.

 

 

 

 

If you are struggling with alcohol or drug abuse, call the Serenity Recovery Center. This is the first step toward breaking free from the bondage of addiction, and living a fulfilling life in recovery. Give us a call, we are available 24/7, toll-free at (844-339-6964). We do recover, and so can you. Call now.