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
- DrinkWise Australia, offers free alcohol and drug online counselling.
- Contact a counsellor at eHeadspace for help.
Apps that help
- Track your alcohol consumption with On Track-The Right Mix (iOS and Android).
Visit RMIT Counselling's Self Help section for more ideas on how to live and study well.
- 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.