What brought you to this site and blog post? I am always interested by this question because I went through so many phases during my drinking career and quitting alcohol. Each year I would add a new YES to the common list of “Do You Have a Drinking Problem” questions.
Here are some of the questions you should ask yourself. The more you answer yes to each question the more likely you should be concerned about your drinking and need to make a change immediately. Even if you only answer yes to some of these, don’t kid yourself that these other answers won’t change if you don’t change.
- Are you just plain sick and tired with drinking? Planning, rationalizing or obsessing over it?
- Are you concerned about the impact your drinking is having with your spouse, children or friends?
- Did you have an embarrassing or frightening experience related to your drinking?
- Did you just break up with a serious partner or friend and one reason was your drinking?
- Is drinking impacting your career, or showing possible signs of impacting your career in the future?
- Do you drink every night or most nights and can’t wait until you can get to those drinks?
- Do you get winded just climbing the stairs? Can you not follow through with any exercise or nutrition plan because of your drinking?
If you are answering yes to any of these questions than I challenge you to quitting alcohol for just one month. If you can quit alcohol and actually have a good month, and not obsess over the next time you have allowed yourself to drink, then it is very possible you do not have a problem with drinking. For me I was great at quitting alcohol, but never for any extended amount of time where I was actually happy being sober. If that is you then make use of what I offer on The Sobriety Solution, sign up for the newsletter and be sure to check out “Your 30 Day Sobriety Solution“.