National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence

East San Gabriel & Pomona Valleys Inc.

How Can I Tell if I Have a Problem with Alcohol or Other Drugs?

Drug and alcohol problems can affect every one of us regardless of age, sex, race, marital status, place of residence, income level, or lifestyle.

You may have a problem with drugs or alcohol, if:

  • You can’t predict whether or not you will use drugs or get drunk.
  • You believe that in order to have fun you need to drink and/or use drugs.
  • You turn to alcohol and/or drugs after a confrontation or argument, or to relieve uncomfortable feelings.
  • You drink more or use more drugs to get the same effect that you got with smaller amounts.
  • You remember how last night began, but not how it ended, so you’re worried you may have a problem.
  • You have trouble at work or in school because of drinking or drug use.
  • You make promises to yourself or others that you’ll stop getting drunk or using drugs.
  • You feel alone, scared, miserable, and depressed.

How Can I Tell if a Someone Has a Problem with Alcohol or Other Drugs?

If your friend or loved one has one or more of the following signs, he or she may have a problem with drugs or alcohol:

  • Getting high on drugs or getting drunk on a regular basis.
  • Lying about things, or the amount of drugs or alcohol they are using.
  • Avoiding you and others in order to get high or drunk.
  • Giving up activities they used to do such as sports, homework, or hanging out with  friends who don’t use drugs or drink.
  • Having to use more alcohol or other drugs to get the same effects.
  • Constantly talking about using drugs or drinking.
  • Believing that in order to have fun they need to drink or use other drugs.
  • Pressuring others to use drugs or drink.
  • Getting into trouble with the law.
  • Feeling run-down, hopeless, depressed, or even suicidal.
  • Suspension from school for an alcohol-or drug-related incident.
  • Missing work or poor work performance because of drinking or drug use.

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