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Alcohol Use: Worried about someone's drinking?

Alcohol use questionnaire quick facts

Use this questionnaire to review the drinking behavior of someone close to you.


How can I recognize signs of alcohol use disorder in someone I care about? (check all that apply)


Drinking more or longer than intended


Attempting to cut down or stop drinking without success


Spending a lot of time drinking or getting over after-effects of drinking


Wanting a drink so badly that thoughts are focused on drinking rather than anything else


Experiencing medical, family, financial or professional problems caused by drinking


Continuing to drink despite troubles with family and friends


Giving up on activities and interests in order to drink


Engaging in risky or harmful situations, such as driving or having unprotected sex, more than once as a result of drinking


Continuing drinking habits despite feeling depressed or anxious or after a memory blackout


Increasing the amount of drinks consumed to achieve the desired effect


Suffering from withdrawal symptoms, such as shakiness or sweating, after the effects of alcohol are gone

How to interpret the questionnaire results

If two or more boxes are checked, your family member or friend may be drinking too much. Speaking with a health care professional may help.


What to do if you think a friend or family member may have an alcohol problem


  • Let your friend or family member know that risky drinking can lead to more severe alcohol problems including alcohol dependence (alcoholism), as well as injuries and unwanted/unprotected sex.
  • Seek out resources in your local community, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon, or Alateen, as well as mental health clinics, therapists, clergy, doctors or social workers who are knowedgeable about alcohol problems. Don't let pride or fear block your efforts to get help for yourself and your friend or family member.


  • Use the resources your have available to you. Do what you can to encourage your friend or family member to get help, but remember the only person you can change is yourself. Don't hesitate to use these resources to help yourself too.


  • Don't make excuses for the drinker. Family members often try to protect a loved one from the consequences of their drinking by making excuses to others. Making excuses allows your loved one to avoid changing for the better.


  • Choose a good time to talk with the drinker. This may be shortly after an alcohol-related problem has occurred. Choose a time when he or she is sober, when both of you are calm and when you can speak privately.


  • Be specific. Tell the friend of family member that you are concerned about his or her drinking and want to be supportive in getting help. Back up your concern with examples of the ways in which his or her drinking has caused problems for both of you, including the most recent incident.


  • Seek out the people and resources that can support you (see tesources list). Keep in mind you are not alone. There is hope and practical help available in your local community.



Resources are available to help

To discuss treatment options, contact your installation's alcohol and substance abuse prevention program.


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