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Does my loved one need help?

Answering the following four questions can help you find out if you or a loved one has a drinking problem:

> Have you ever felt you should cut down on your drinking?

> Have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking?

> Have you ever felt bad or guilty about your drinking?

> Have you ever had a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or to get rid of a hangover?

One "yes" answer suggests a possible alcohol problem.

More than one "yes" answer means it is highly likely that a problem exists.

If you think that you or someone you know might have an alcohol problem, it is important to see a doctor or other health care provider right away. They can help you determine if a drinking problem exists and plan the best course of action.

Source: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

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  1. Alcohol: What To Do If It's a Problem for You. American Academy of Family Physicians.
  2. Alcohol Abuse: How to Recognize Problem Drinking. American Academy of Family Physicians.
  3. Frequently Asked Questions for the General Public. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Updated February, 2007.

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