Do I Have an Alcohol or Drug Problem?

November 1, 1997

The National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information says you may have a problem with alcohol or drugs if:

  • You believe that to have fun you need to drink or use drugs.
  • You turn to alcohol or drugs after a confrontation or argument or to relieve uncomfortable feelings.
  • You drink more or use more drugs to get the same effect you got with smaller amounts.
  • You drink or use drugs when alone.
  • You remember how last night began but not how it ended.
  • You have trouble at work because of alcohol 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.

Seek help if you've experienced any of these situations. Contact your local health department or the local chapter of Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. For a list of self-help and recovery groups on the World Wide Web, see

Walt Albro is a former senior editor for REALTOR® Magazine.

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