Assess your alcohol use

When does alcohol use become problematic?

How you answer that question might differ from how someone else does. That’s why it’s helpful to have objective criteria that offer some insight—and to occasionally take a good look at your alcohol consumption.

You can find out if alcohol may be a problem for you by taking this short quiz.

Overindulging in alcohol can affect your relationships, your career and your finances. And alcohol’s effects on health cannot be understated. Excessive alcohol use has been linked to:

  • Unintentional injuries resulting from car crashes, falls, drownings and firearms
  • Cardiovascular problems, such as high blood pressure, atrial fibrillation, heart attack and stroke
  • Several types of cancer, including those that affect the liver, mouth, throat and esophagus
  • Birth defects among children born to mothers who drank during pregnancy
  • Dementia
  • Liver diseases, such as fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis and cirrhosis
  • Gastrointestinal disorders, including gastritis and pancreatitis
  • Mental illness including depression and anxiety

Some people may think you must be physically dependent on alcohol before it causes problems. But that’s not the case. Even if you don’t realize that alcohol is affecting your life, it can be. And if it is, it’s important to do something about it.

Sources: National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.; National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

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