When is drinking not for you?

What if you cannot control your drinking?

Some people are not able to control their drinking.  They may become psychologically or physically dependent on alcohol.  If you think you have this type of issue, health professionals can help you to identify local resources that will help you.   If you are working, your employer may have workplace programs that provide intervention and counseling.

Some people benefit from community-based treatment and support services.  Others may require intensive treatment at an in-patient treatment center in order to get sober and begin recovery.

Services may also be available for family members and friends, who can learn how they can assist in the recovery process, and receive support from others in similar circumstances.

Health experts have also developed various tests that can be used to assess if your drinking may be a problem.  There are two commonly used screening tools, the AUDIT and the CAGE. Developed at the University of North Carolina, CAGE is a commonly used assessment tool consisting of only four questions. The AUDIT questionnaire is part of a larger comprehensive evaluation available from the World Health Organization.

They are easy to use and will tell you if you should seek further professional help for your drinking.