4 Questions to ask yourself

So, are you on your way to dependence physically and emotionally on alcohol? Here is a simple screening tool called the CAGE questionnaire to help in the early detection of alcoholism. If you answer "Yes" to any of the following questions, there may be a problem.

1. Have you ever felt you ought to cut down on your drinking?

2. Have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking?

3. Have you ever felt bad or guilty about your drinking

4. Have you ever had a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or get rid of a hangover?

If you think you have a problem, the first and best thing you can do is to go to your counselors. Sometimes the realization that you even want to talk about your concerns is enough to bring you to awareness and vigilance. Getting help and getting over denial is the first step to recovery.