Drinker’s Assessment and Feedback

Drinking problems can be identified.

Many people say a lot of things about what a drinking problem is, so let me help you separate fact from fiction.

So, how do you know if you have a drinking problem?

That’s a question I often hear.

The Drinker’s Assessment and Feedback service can answer that question!

Overuse of alcohol has consequences.

On the most concrete level, men who have more than two standard drinks (12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or a shot of 80-proof liquor) a day and women who have more than one standard drink a day have an increased risk for a variety of health problems.

Excessive alcohol use can cause several types of cancer, weakened heart muscle, increased blood pressure, death of nerve and brain cells, kidney damage, liver damage, and more.

Contemplate consequences of your alcohol use.

More generally, you might ask yourself if you have had negative consequences directly related to drinking, such as:

Have you had a medical or health-related problem, including accidents?

Have you suffered a negative impact on relationships, employment, education?

Have you had legal problems related to drinking?

Drinking problems can be identified.

What are other signs suggesting a drinking problem?

If you can answer “yes” to one or more of the following questions, you should complete a comprehensive assessment.

Have you ever thought about cutting down or quitting drinking?

Have you ever gotten angry when someone suggested you cut down or quit drinking?

Have you ever said or done something while you were under the influence that you regret?

Have you ever taken a drink upon first awakening?

Have you ever failed to fulfill any of your major responsibilities because of drinking?

An assessment provides feedback for decision-making.

By discussing your drinking pattern, using research-supported questionnaires, and getting results of lab work prescribed by your primary care doctor, I can provide personalized feedback about your drinking and risk factors.

This information can help you make informed decisions about the need to modify your drinking and how counseling can be helpful.

If you wish, someone familiar with your drinking history can be included in this process.

At the conclusion of the assessment, I will provide you with a personalized feedback report form.

Need immediate answers? Still not sure?

If you’re not sure if drinking is harming your life, call me at (908) 393-6300 today to schedule a consultation or complete the contact form.