How do you know if you or a loved one is hooked on alcohol? Unless you're in strong denial, it's quite easy to know whether one is teetering at the doorstep of destruction. The widely accepted standard for a moderate drink is one glass for women and two glass for men ( remember 2 glass not 2 kegs!). More then 10 drinks for women and 15 for men in a week is considered "hazardous" drinking. If you've gulping down this amount of alcohol or more in the last few years, and spending your weekends sleeping off nasty hangovers from friday-night binges, you need help.
To recognize early signs of alcoholism take the CAGE test suggested by the Medical Education Research foundation: Ask yourself:
- Have you ever felt you should CUT down on your drinking?
- Have people ANNOYED you by criticizing your drinking?
- Have you ever felt bad or GUILTY about your drinking?
- Have you ever had an EYEOPENER drink first thing in the morning to steady you nerves or get rid over of the hangover?
Happy Healthy Holidays everyone.