Health Tips

Could You Have a Drinking Problem?

Drinking too much can devastate a mother, her children, and her entire family.  So, spend just a few minutes taking the quizzes below to see if you could be drinking too much, or are out of control with your drinking.

One more note, the latest research shows that women’s bodies handle alcohol differently than men’s bodies.  In fact, women who drink even one alcoholic beverage a day, are at greater risk for breast cancer.  And, research shows that affect holds true no matter what type of alcohol you consume.

AA Quiz

These 12 questions really get to the heart of how drinking problems are rationalized by the drinker.  See what you think.

The 2-Minute “Tweak” Test for Women

This test was originally designed for pregnant women.  But researchers have found it to be a very strong assessment for all women.

Tolerance: How many drinks can you hold >=6 drinks indicates tolerance.

Worried: Have close friends or relatives worried or complained about your drinking in the past year?

Eye openers: Do you sometimes take a drink in the morning when you first get up?

Amnesia: Has a friend or family member ever told you about things you said or did while you were drinking that you could not remember?

Kut down: Do you sometimes feel the need to cut down on your drinking?

Give yourself 2 points for a yes answer in question 1 and question 2.

Give yourself 1 point for a yes answer in any of questions 3-5.

The maximum possible score is 7.

A score of 2 or higher meets the criteria for probable harmful drinking.  If you score a 2 or higher, schedule an appointment to talk with your doctor today.  Do it for yourself, and your children.

Tests like the TWEAK test are great tools for medical professionals looking to find evidence of problem behaviors. They are not comprehensive enough to be used as a diagnostic tool for the determination of any disorder.  But if you score highly (over 2) and you felt worried enough about your drinking to take the test, then you likely do have something to worry about, and you should either try to stop drinking on your own, or get some help in doing so.

Medical information within this site is not intended for use in the diagnosis or treatment of any health condition. Please consult a licensed health care professional for the treatment or diagnosis of any medical condition.

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