If the choice was between a sober night at a lovely restaurant with friends or an evening of unlimited wine/beer/spirits/drink with someone you don’t really like very much, which would you pick?
Have you ever taken offence at someone’s comments, walked off then forgot why you were offended?…
Or had an argument on the phone, and the next day forgotten what you were arguing about?
Do you measure all occasions by their drinking opportunities?
Do you come into a room and feel like an outsider, until you have had a drink?
Do you feel depressed in the afternoon if you don’t know when you’ll be able to get a drink later that day?
Do you feel a sense of dread when you hear or read a news item about liver disease caused by alcohol?
Do you take secret swigs from bottles of alcohol?
Do you buy drinks from bars in between rounds without people noticing
Do you buy extra rounds so as to get a drink more quickly than waiting someone else’s round.
Do you feel comforted when you hear about someone drinking more than you?
Do you feel you could stop or cut down if you really wanted to?
when you think about winning the lottery, do you think about the drink you’ll have in celebration.
Do you think about travelling first class on the plane, and think about free drinks?
Does the thought of a Sunday lunch and a log fire make you think of alcohol.
Does the thought of your favourite meal – without alcohol – turn you off?
Do you eat less in order to drink more
Do you put off eating as long as possible so as to have more capacity for booze.
Do you see food after booze as the end of the night’s main entertainment.
Do you reward yourself with drink?
If you answer”yes” to any of the above, then you’ll find some useful help on this website – and via my book page