Many people privately wonder if they have a problem with alcohol, but do not know who to ask. Perhaps they are not ready to share their concerns with anyone. Here is an excellent tool for anyone to use that has concerns about their alcohol use. While this is not meant to replace talking to a professional about your concerns this might be a good place to start. Coming out of denial is often a painful and personal process.
This test is published by The National Council of Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD). It is only 26 questions and takes about 5 minutes to complete. Afterwards you are given the results of your test. There is a phone number included if you would like to talk to someone about your alcohol use.
What is at Stake?
- An estimated 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes annually, making alcohol the fourth leading preventable cause of death in the United States
- In 2010, alcohol misuse cost the United States $249.0 billion
- In 2014, the World Health Organization reported that alcohol contributed to more than 200 diseases and injury-related health conditions
- Among all cirrhosis deaths in 2013, 47.9 percent were alcohol related. The proportion of alcohol-related cirrhosis was highest (76.5 percent) among those ages 25–34, followed by people aged 35–44, at 70.0 percent
- Drinking alcohol increases the risk of cancers of the mouth, esophagus, pharynx, larynx, liver, and breast
- 1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor-vehicle crashes
No matter what you decide about taking this test, it is best to be honest with yourself and not slip into denial.
The Good News
- There are medications available for treating alcohol use disorder
- Moderate alcohol consumption may have beneficial effects on health. These include decreased risk for heart disease
- For women, low-risk drinking is defined as no more than 3 drinks on any single day and no more than 7 drinks per week. For men, it is defined as no more than 4 drinks on any single day and no more than 14 drinks per week. NIAAA research shows that only about 2 in 100 people who drink within these limits have Alcohol Use Disorder
No matter what results you find in taking this test it is a good idea to know the facts.
A Reach Out Recovery Exclusive By: Nadine Knapp
*Information sourced from National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism