Alcohol problems: when does social drinking become too much?

The questions to ask about alcohol

Are you or a loved one drinking too much? 4 questions to ask

Have you thought of trying the CAGE questionnaire? It is very simple and only takes a couple of minutes to complete, but can give a quick indication that someone may be drinking a little too much.

1. Have you ever thought that you should cut down your drinking?

2. Have people annoyed you by criticising the amount you drink?

3. Have you ever felt guilty about your drinking?

4. Have you ever drunk an 'eye-opener?' This is a drink first thing in the morning to help get over a hangover or to steady your nerves.

This is only a very simple questionnaire but can yield some interesting results and can get us thinking.


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