A Message for Young People

How to tell when your drinking has become a problem

Alcoholism is an illness. It can hit anyone: young or old. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been drinking, what you’ve been drinking or even how much.

It’s what happens when you drink that counts.

See if you have any similarities with the young alcoholics in these videos:
12 questions to help you decide

To help you decide whether you might have a problem with your own drinking, review these 12 questions. The answers are nobody’s business but your own.

  1. Do you drink because you have problems? To relax?
  2. Do you drink when you get mad at other people, your friends or parents?
  3. Do you prefer to drink alone, rather than with others?
  4. Are your grades starting to slip? Are you making a mess of your job?
  5. Did you ever try to stop drinking or drink less – and fail?
  6. Have you begun to drink in the morning, before school or work?
  7. Do you gulp your drinks?
  8. Do you ever have loss of memory due to your drinking?
  9. Do you lie about your drinking?
  10. Do you ever get into trouble when you’re drinking?
  11. Do you get drunk when you drink, even when you don’t mean to?
  12. Do you think it’s cool to be able to hold your liquor?

If you can answer yes to any one of these questions, maybe it’s time you took a serious look at what your drinking might be doing to you. If you do need help or if you’d just like to talk to someone about your drinking call us 609-641-8855 or join us at a meeting.

Meetings for Young People* in the Cape Atlantic area:

*These meetings are for members who got sober under the age of 35 — but they are open to all, and young people are welcomed at every meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous. We are “always inclusive, never exclusive.”

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