Alcohol is a drug. Drinking alcohol is by and large socially acceptable. Drinking alcohol makes us feel good. People generally have a positive attitude towards alcohol drinking, don’t think of it as a drug.
Alcohol is found in most homes, readily available – how many people would feel at a loss with no alcohol in the house. People expect to be served with alcohol at parties. What would you serve as drinks if you had to throw an alcohol-free party for adults. What alternatives do you usually provide to party guests who for some reason might not want to be drinking alcohol.
Our attitude to alcohol is that it is an “adult” drink – how many people see a capacity to drink and hold your liquor as a sign of being “manly”.
Alcohol is effective to help overcome social anxiety, feelings of tension or unhappiness, makes us feel so much better, that very often we don’t see the problems, the risks involved in using alcohol.
See how you rate in the alcohol stakes by taking time to look at some common questions that come up in alcohol screening and quizzes to test if you have an alcohol problem.
1. Hungover, and its time for work - do you:
a) call in sick
b) get your partner to make the call
c) drink black coffee, go into work.
Unresolved workplace issues, a square peg in a round hole. People unhappy, feeling pressured in the workplace, need to consider a change of employment. With respect for yourself and for your place of work – you won’t want to go into work hungover.
2. Drunk driving is ok
a) to get home from your local pub
b) if you drive extra carefully
c) depends on how you are feeling.
Think about your attitude to rules, authority figures. Drunk driving implies aggression, drunk driving can kill. With respect for self and other people – you won’t want to drink and drive.
3. I skip meals due to alcohol drinking
b) quite often.
Poor nutrition goes hand in hand with alcoholism. Positive people have an appetite for good food and life, perhaps you are anxious or depressed if you replace food with alcohol drinking.
4. I drink alcohol every day
a) yes, but only one or two drinks
b) no, only at weekends
c) most days, perhaps not every day.
Many people think that control over drinking means that they are not an alcoholic – thinking about when and how you will drink is a sign of an alcohol problem.
5. Do you ever feel guilty about drinking
a) no, why should I
c) never – what’s the issue?
Feeling guilt means that we are not keeping up to a standard – what is it that we know we should be doing, instead of our alcohol drinking.
6. Do people comment on your drinking
a) yes, all the time
b) only my partner
c) once or twice maybe.
If people mention your alcohol drinking very likely they are upset by it - what is there about your alcohol drinking that could be annoying, or worrying to someone else.
Alcohol drinking is a mask, it changes our brain chemistry, gives us rose colored spectacles on an otherwise gloomy day. The purpose of alcohol screening and quizzes is to see if you have a problem with drinking too much alcohol. Depending upon who is doing the testing, it might mean that you don’t get the job, or that you are put into an alcohol treatment program to modify your drinking.
Alcohol treatment programs vary, alcohol drinking might be discouraged by giving you drugs that neutralize the effects of alcohol drinking, or make you feel very sick, or you might make a commitment to abstinence, and follow a 12 step support program.
The answers to alcohol quizzes only help to define the extent of your problem with alcohol. If you have an alcohol problem, then you want to overcome it, not live with it, in treatment, for the rest of your life.
The resolution of alcohol addiction will not be found in thr answers that you give to alcohol screenings or quizzes. The answers to alcoholism are to be found in discovering and resolving the emotional conflicts that make you want to drink alcohol, as a means of escape.
Two more alcohol quiz questions – for you to think around the answers, and perhaps consider some solutions.
7. A friend say you were drunk, and rude to his wife,
a) yes, she is a pain at times
b) really, I don’t remember
8 Do you drink on your own
a) yes, why not.
b) never – only with friends
The reasons why we drink too much alcohol, and what we might need to change, in order to give it up, are as complex as our lives.
If alcohol is a problem to you, and you want to give it up, call the professionals who deal with alcoholism and its causes every day of the week.
Narconon has a comprehensive program for alcohol addiction recovery, that provides complete detoxification, and a rehabilitation program that helps to you understand and resolve the causes of your addiction.
People who choose to confront and deal with their emotional knots, find freedom and contentment, and best of all – no more craving, desire or need for an alcohol drink.