Do I have a drinking problem?

You may have a drinking problem if:

  • you’re having blackouts
  • you drink when you’re alone
  • you’re keeping secrets from friends and family
  • you have an increased tolerance to alcohol and drugs
  • you’re regularly engaging in binge drinking
  • you’re worrying about when you’ll be able to have your next drink
  • you suffer from withdrawal symptoms like sweating, nausea or insomnia as a result of not drinking alcohol
  • you need to drink more and more alcohol to get drunk
  • you want to drink alcohol when you wake up in the morning
  • relationships with friends or family are being effected by your drinking.

Facing up to the fact that you might have a problem takes courage. Deciding to take control and get some help is a really brave move, and if you do feel you have a problem, getting help can be the best thing ever.

The easiest and quickest way to get help is to talk to someone about it, whether it’s a friend, family member, doctor or counsellor. The sooner you talk to someone about what you’re going through, the sooner things will start to feel a bit better.

Learn more about alcohol, the dangers, and how to use it responsibly at Headspace.

What you can do

Support online

Apps that help

Simple things

Visit RMIT Counselling's Self Help section for more ideas on how to live and study well.

Alcohol use and your study

If you have an alcohol addiction and a mental health condition, you may be eligible to register with  Equitable Learning Services and have equitable assessment arrangements put in place.

Community support

  • Turning Point provides statewide alcohol counselling, information and referral.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
  • Al-Anon Family Groups help families and friends of alcoholics recover from the effects of living with someone whose drinking is a problem.