Answering the following four questions can help you find out if you or someone close to you 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. If you responded "yes" to more than one question, it is very likely that you have a problem with alcohol. In either case, it is important that you see your health care provider or an alcohol treatment specialist right away to discuss your responses to these questions.

Even if you answered "no" to all of the above questions, if you are having drinking-related problems with your job, relationships, health, or with the law, you should still seek help.

from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

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