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Am I an Alcoholic? Take the Quiz

This “Am I an alcoholic” quiz is not meant to diagnose alcoholism, but it can shine a light on what could be considered problematic drinking, so you have a better idea of your alcohol use. From there, you can take steps like reaching out to an alcohol abuse treatment center for help. 

What’s the line between casual drinking and an alcohol use disorder? The answer isn’t as simple as you might think. Drinking is a common practice in the United States, with 84% of adults surveyed in 2021 reporting that they’ve tried alcohol at least once in their life. Alcohol is legal for anyone over the age of 21. That may contribute to its widespread usage. 

Measured alcohol use may seem harmless, but there’s a chance that casual drinking can turn into a more serious problem. When drinking grows out of control, the best thing to do is get help from an addiction treatment center that specializes in alcohol use disorders. Vogue Recovery Center is a rehab facility with dedicated programming for alcoholism. Our clinical staff can help you answer the question, “Am I an alcoholic?” and if yes, offer you a path to recovery. 

Am I An Alcoholic? Quiz

Please answer the following questions as honestly as possible. This quiz is not meant to diagnosis or treat any medical conditions.

Am I an Alcoholic?

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1. How many times in the past month have you gotten sick from overconsumption of alcohol?*
2. How many times in the past month have you used alcohol as a cure for hangovers?*
3. How many times in the past month have you had cravings for alcohol?*
4. How many times in the past month have you neglected obligations (work, school, family, etc.) due to alcohol use?*
5. How many times in the past month have you engaged in reckless behavior like drunk driving or unsafe sex due to drinking?*
6. How many times in the past month have you hidden alcohol consumption from family or friends?*
7. Have you tried to quit drinking in the past?*
8. Do you have to drink more to get drunk now than when you first started drinking?*

  • If your score is 18 or above, you most likely have a problem with alcohol.
  • If your score is between 10 and 18, you may have a problem with alcohol.
  • If your score falls between 5 and 10, you could develop a problem with alcohol in the future.
  • Any score of four or below means you have a low—but not zero—chance of developing a problem with alcohol. 

Now look at the last two questions. If you answered yes to one or both, it’s more likely that you struggle with alcoholism. 

No matter what your score, if you feel like alcohol has a hold on your life, you can reach out for help. But if you scored a 10 or above, getting help for alcohol use now could save your life. Vogue Recovery Center is here for you whenever you’re ready to make the call.

Now What? Your Options for Help with Alcohol

If your score on the quiz above was 18 or higher, it’s likely that alcohol has a strong hold on your life and is affecting your physical health, your relationships, work, finances, and more.

Step 1: Contact an addiction treatment facility like to verify your insurance and talk about your treatment options.

Step 2: Enter medical detox. You’ll enter a medical detox treatment center while all the alcohol clears out of your system. This can be an uncomfortable process, but medical detox means there are medical professionals and therapists on standby 24/7 to help with any alcohol withdrawal symptoms you experience.

Step 3: Step up to residential alcohol treatment. During inpatient treatment, you’ll live at one of the treatment center, so you can fully focus on recovery without the distractions and triggers of everyday life. You will have individual therapy daily and participate in group therapy, plus other therapeutic programs. Inpatient rehab teaches the coping skills and tools that can help you get sober and maintain that sobriety. 

Step 4: Once you’ve completed inpatient treatment, step up to outpatient care, which allows for more flexibility between alcohol treatment and your other obligations. There are a few options for outpatient rehab:

  • Partial hospitalization program (PHP): During a PHP, you live at home or in a sober living facility but spend up to five days per week at our alcohol recovery facility. The goal is to help begin your transition from recovery back to normal life, while still giving you lots of support.
  • Intensive outpatient program (IOP): An IOP involves between 9 and 15 hours of treatment per week for this level of care. In your off hours, you’ll return to your home or to a sober living home, work, and take care of your other responsibilities. An IOP is similar to a PHP but involves fewer hours of treatment. 

Step 5: Step up to aftercare. When you receive treatment for alcoholism, an aftercare plan is essential to maintaining sobriety in the long term. Throughout treatment, we’ll help you set up a plan for when you leave, including help with employment, therapy outside of our facilities, and more.

If you scored between 10 and 18 on the Am I an Alcoholic Quiz, you may not need inpatient care for your alcohol use, but you may still benefit from structured treatment. That could mean starting with outpatient rehab. See Step 4 above.

If you scored between 5 and 10 on the Am I an Alcoholic Quiz, it’s possible you may develop a problem with alcohol in the future. That means your relationship with alcohol right now isn’t necessarily normal. A low level of outpatient rehab may be beneficial, like an intensive outpatient program. But it’s possible speaking to an addiction therapist or attending a support group like Alcoholics Anonymous could also help. Contact Vogue Recovery Center to find out more about whether we’d be a good fit for you or what other resources are available.

The Types of Drinkers

People use alcohol for many reasons. Understanding your motivation to drink is an important step in leaving alcoholism behind. Here are some of the most common types of drinkers: 

Social Drinker

A social drinker consumes alcoholic beverages on occasion and in social settings, such as at parties, gatherings, or outings with friends. They don’t have a regular or excessive drinking habit. Social drinkers tend to consume in moderation and may enjoy alcohol as a way to relax, socialize, or celebrate special occasions. 

Stress Drinker

A stress drinker turns to alcohol as a coping mechanism when they are experiencing stress, anxiety, or emotional pressure. Stress drinking is a form of self-medication where alcohol is used to numb negative emotions. This behavior can become problematic and may lead to excessive or unhealthy alcohol consumption.

Binge Drinker

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, binge drinking is when someone drinks alcohol in a short period to the point their blood alcohol concentration is 0.08%—or 0.08 grams of alcohol per deciliter—or more. For most women, that means four or more drinks. Men often need five or more because of their larger size. Binge drinking is more common among adults between the ages of 18 and 34. Social pressure, stress relief, celebrations, and more can all lead someone to binge drink. 

Conformity Drinker 

Some people use alcohol because they find themselves in social situations where it’s common. Rather than not “fit in,” you may have a drink to be part of the moment. Toasting with champagne or holding a drink during social situations is an example of conformity drinking. 

Enhancement Drinker 

Enhancement drinkers consume alcohol to improve their mood, to experience positive emotions, or to enhance social situations. They may feel alcohol helps them: 

  • Relax
  • Get more social
  • Temporarily alleviate stress or anxiety
  • Enhance their enjoyment of activities like dancing, listening to music, or watching sports

What Alcohol Can Do to Your Life

Some consequences of alcohol abuse start as minor issues but can become serious if drinking goes unchecked. Alcohol can damage your body and mind. It can reduce your enjoyment of life and make mental health issues worse, causing a cycle of substance abuse and mental health symptoms. 

The physical health effects of alcohol abuse include: 

  • Organ damage to the liver and liver diseases
  • Damage to the central nervous system
  • Damage to the gastrointestinal system
  • Damage to the cardiovascular system
  • Impaired cognitive functioning like poor memory and decision-making 
  • Increased risk of harm via accidents or unsafe sex while drinking

The mental and emotional effects of alcohol abuse include: 

  • Worsened symptoms of mental health conditions
  • Problems maintaining relationships with friends and family
  • Poor performance at work or in school
  • Increased risk for legal problems like a DUI or domestic violence arrest 

The longer you abuse alcohol, the more difficult recovery can be. A professional addiction treatment center can help you move past alcohol withdrawal symptoms during detox. That way you can move on to the next stages of alcohol recovery and a brighter future. 

What Is Alcoholism?

Alcoholism (alcohol use disorder [AUD]) is a chronic medical condition that involves an inability to control drinking alcohol despite negative consequences. It’s a severe form of alcohol abuse that makes you physically and psychologically dependent on alcohol. It’s progressive and life-threatening if left untreated. 

Some of the key signs and symptoms of alcoholism include: 

  • Cravings: A strong desire or compulsion to consume alcohol regularly
  • Loss of control: Inability to limit the amount of alcohol you consume or to stop drinking once you start
  • Tolerance: Needing to drink more alcohol to achieve the desired effects or experiencing reduced effects from the same amount of alcohol
  • Withdrawal symptoms: Experiencing physical or emotional symptoms when you reduce alcohol consumption or stop consuming it
  • Continued use despite consequences: Persistently drinking alcohol despite experiencing negative effects on your health, relationships, work, or other important areas of life
  • Neglecting responsibilities: Neglecting important life responsibilities, such as work, school, or family obligations, due to alcohol consumption
  • Increased time spent drinking: Spending a significant amount of time obtaining alcohol, drinking alcohol, or recovering from its effects
  • Giving up other activities: Giving up or reducing participation in activities that were once important or you once enjoyed in favor of drinking
  • Drinking in risky situations: Consuming alcohol in situations that could be dangerous, such as while driving or operating machinery

What Causes Alcoholism? 

There isn’t one specific thing that causes alcoholism. The condition has been linked to genetics as well as environmental and social factors. Here are some things that can increase the risk of developing alcoholism: 

  • Genetics: Family history plays a significant role in alcoholism. If you have close relatives (such as parents or siblings) with alcohol use disorder, you may be at a higher genetic risk of developing it yourself. Specific genes related to alcohol metabolism and how the brain responds to alcohol are thought to contribute to this genetic risk.
  • Environmental factors: Environmental influences can greatly impact drinking behaviors. Growing up in an environment where alcohol use is prevalent can increase the risk of alcoholism; for instance, your parents drink heavily, or your peers engage in excessive drinking.
  • Mental health disorders: Individuals with certain mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), may be more susceptible to alcoholism as a way to cope with their symptoms.
  • Stress and trauma: High levels of stress or experiencing traumatic events can lead some people to turn to alcohol to self-medicate.
  • Social and cultural factors: Cultural attitudes toward alcohol and its consumption can influence drinking patterns. 
  • Early alcohol use: Starting to drink at a young age makes you more likely to develop alcohol-related problems later in life. 
  • Personality traits: Certain personality traits, such as impulsivity, sensation-seeking, and low stress tolerance, can contribute to alcoholism risk.
  • Lack of support: Lack of a strong social support system or coping mechanisms can make you more vulnerable to alcohol abuse and addiction.

How Is Alcoholism Diagnosed? 

Alcoholism is diagnosed through a combination of clinical assessment, medical evaluation, and standardized criteria outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), which is published by the American Psychiatric Association.

Some of the criteria used by health care professionals to diagnose alcoholism include: 

  • Evidence of excessive alcohol use
  • Loss of control over alcohol consumption
  • Physical dependence 
  • Failed attempts at quitting
  • Continued use despite negative consequences 

Turn to Vogue Recovery Center for Alcohol Treatment

This Am I an Alcoholic quiz is not meant to diagnose alcoholism, but if it helped shine a light on your relationship with alcohol and you’re ready to make a change, contact Vogue Recovery Center today. Our team of clinical professionals and behavioral health therapists will work with you to create individualized treatment. That means choosing the path that fits into your life and addresses your issues specifically.

There are options if you’re suffering from alcohol addiction. Vogue Recovery Center offers a full continuum of care:

  • Medical alcohol detox
  • Inpatient treatment
  • Outpatient treatment, including partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs
  • Aftercare services

If you took the “Am I an Alcoholic’ quiz and discovered you can’t control your drinking, it may be time to address your possible alcohol addiction at a professional alcohol rehab. Vogue Recovery Center’s locations in Phoenix, Las Vegas and Los Angels are available 24/7 to help you start on your path to a sober life, free form addiction. Contact us today for a free assessment.

References: 

https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohols-effects-health/alcohol-topics/alcohol-facts-and-statistics/alcohol-use-united-states-age-groups-and-demographic-characteristicshttps://www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohols-effects-health/alcohol-use-disorder/genetics-alcohol-use-disorder

Evan Gove

Evan Gove

Evan Gove is a writing and editing professional with ten years of experience. He graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges with a degree in Writing & Rhetoric. When not writing, you can find him enjoying his sunny hometown of Delray Beach, Florida.
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