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Am I an alcoholic?more replies please?

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I have been drinking one to two glasses of red wine every night for a year and a half now. I have taken breaks in between like week to month long breaks with mild adverse effects such as anxiety, as I do have a diagnosed but untreated anxiety disorder. Alcoholism runs in both sides of my family, and the last year was rough as I lost my father and before that he was sick. I began to drink to cope, but alcohol had always been a distant friend. I used to drink a lot more rigt after my dad died, but drastically cut down. So basically for a year now, since cutting down, I've had one or two drinks a night. There will be maybe one day a week where I don't drink anything at all. 

I want to stop drinking regularly and just drink once a week or better once a month, three drinks at most on the monthly thing and one on weekly thing. Alcohol has in the last year lead to some bad decisions, and almost a DUI. 

I have this severe phobia of alcohol withdrawals and eta, as once I was in er for bidder infection that had gone really untreated, and the guy next to me happened to have been a severe alcoholic and he was having seizures, going crazy, and hallucinating.

i have Ativan for panic attacks, and I take it as needed, which is only two times in the last year. I know I could take that if i felt I needed to, but it just makes me fall asleep in ten minutes. I'm pretty tiny also, 5"3 and 100 lbs and 31 years old.

SO is having red wine right now and I'm so tempted but I want to stop this habit.

what do you think? Am I at risk of dangerous dts or alcohol withdrawals if I just stop? Or will I be okay as I have been before? 

Posted by Anonymous on Dec. 28, 2014 at 12:17 AM
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by Grammar Police on Dec. 28, 2014 at 12:20 AM

https://ncadd.org/learn-about-alcohol/alcohol-abuse-self-test

1.  Do you drink heavily when you are disappointed, under pressure or have had a quarrel
with someone?Yes   No

2.  Can you handle more alcohol now than when you first started to drink?Yes   No

3.  Have you ever been unable to remember part of the previous evening, even though
your friends say you didn’t pass out?Yes   No

4.  When drinking with other people, do you try to have a few extra drinks when others
won’t know about it?      Yes   No

5.  Do you sometimes feel uncomfortable if alcohol is not available?Yes   No

6.  Are you more in a hurry to get your first drink of the day than you used to be?Yes   No

7.  Do you sometimes feel a little guilty about your drinking?Yes   No

8.  Has a family member or close friend express concern or complained about your drinking?Yes   No

9.  Have you been having more memory “blackouts” recently? Yes   No

10.  Do you often want to continue drinking after your friends say they’ve had enough?  Yes   No

11.  Do you usually have a reason for the occasions when you drink heavily?Yes   No

12.  When you’re sober, do you sometimes regret things you did or said while drinking?Yes   No

13.  Have you tried switching brands or drinks, or following different plans to control your
drinking?        Yes   No

14.  Have you sometimes failed to keep promises you made to yourself about controlling or
cutting down on your drinking?        Yes   No

15.  Have you ever had a DWI (driving while intoxicated) or DUI (driving under the influence
of alcohol) violation, or any other legal problem related to your drinking?  Yes   No

16.  Do you try to avoid family or close friends while you are drinking?      Yes   No

17.  Are you having more financial, work, school, and/or family problems as a result of
your drinking?   Yes   No

18.  Has your physician ever advised you to cut down on your drinking?Yes   No

19.  Do you eat very little or irregularly during the periods when you are drinking?Yes   No

20.  Do you sometimes have the “shakes” in the morning and find that it helps to have a
“little” drink, tranquilizer or medication of some kind?     Yes   No

21.  Have you recently noticed that you can’t drink as much as you used to?   Yes   No

22.  Do you sometimes stay drunk for several days at a time? Yes   No

23.  After periods of drinking do you sometimes see or hear things that aren’t there?Yes   No

24.  Have you ever gone to anyone for help about your drinking? Yes   No;

25.  Do you ever feel depressed or anxious before, during or after periods of heavy drinking?Yes   No

26.  Have any of your blood relatives ever had a problem with alcohol? Yes   No

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