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How Do I know if there is a problem?

The following CAGE questionnaire¹ can assess whether you, or someone close to you, may have 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 (Eye opener)?

One “yes” response suggests a possible problem. If you responded “yes” to more than one question, it is likely a problem exists.

Other questions to ask:
  •  Are your friends, family, associates, or clients claiming that your drinking or drug use is interfering with your life?
  •  Have you failed to show up, or showed up late, to appointments or events because of a hangover?
  •  Have you showed up under the influence of alcohol or drugs?
  •  Are you drinking or using drugs during the work day?
  •  Are you missing engagements, neglecting friends or family, or failing to keep commitments because of alcohol or drugs?
  •  Do you ever really crave a drink or a fix to steady your nerves?
  •  Have you lied to cover up your drinking or use of drugs?
  •  Have you consumed alcohol or used drugs to calm your nerves, gain courage, or improve performance?
  •  Have you experienced loss of memory (blackout) after drinking or use of drugs?
If you can answer “yes” to two or more of the above questions then you owe it to yourself to seek help. Acknowledging that help is needed may not be easy, but taking action to responsibly confront the problem can result in a more healthy rewarding life for the Addicted Individual. Contact us now so that we can help.

 [1] Mayfield D, McLead G, Hall P. The CAGE Questionnaire. Am J. Psychiatry 1974: 131:1121

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