Are you or a family member getting behind the wheel intoxicated? Beware, engaging in such risky, physically hazardous behavior is one of the symptoms for an alcohol use disorder.
Frequent drinking to deal with holiday stress
Is that Christmas list bearing down on you? Have you noticed a loved one who has more drinks and more often than is good for him or her? The CDC uses these definitions for alcohol abuse: more than 8 drinks per week for women and more than 15 per week for men.
Putting your marriage, friendships, or job at risk as a result of alcohol-related behavior
Have family members been telling you to drink less? Is your partner frequently upset with you because of your drinking? Are you showing up late for work because of your alcohol use? Are friends avoiding you after they have seen you drunk?
Frequently drinking to excess at holiday gatherings
This is where the anxiety about social pressures and the increased access converge. Are you looking forward to drinking at the event because you don’t want to be there in the first place? Do you feel tempted to drink because people encourage you to drink or because you feel social custom requires it?
If you believe that you or a loved one exhibit addictive behaviors we encourage you to call our confidential toll free number at 866.704.7692 .
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