There is no foolproof way of knowing if someone has an alcohol problem, but you can ask yourself some questions that might begin to help you determine if you or someone you know has a drinking problem.
Blackouts are a definite sign that your brain can no longer tolerate alcohol, whether you have been drinking one year or twenty, whether they occur after a few drinks or many, or whether you appear intoxicated or not.
The "test" above is not a foolproof diagnosis, but it is a rather good indicator. The likelihood that it is a serious problem increases with each succeeding "yes," and even two "yes" answers should be considered a danger sign. It may mean that you are using alcohol to deal with stressful situations in your life. You may want to start now to develop some other methods of coping with stress. You can do this on your own or with the help of friends, but if you would like confidential counseling to discuss your alcohol or drug use contact ASAP at extension 4-2182.
A lot of depressed people, also have problems with alcohol or other drugs. Sometimes the depression comes first and people try drugs as a way to escape it. (In the long run, drugs or alcohol just make things worse!) Other times, the alcohol or other drug use comes first, and depression is caused by:
And sometimes you can't tell which came first... the important point is that when you have both of these problems, the sooner you get help the better.