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How can you tell if someone has a problem with alcohol?

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Dr. David Hunter
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Many ways: If your drinking has caused legal, physical, social, emotional or other problems, then it has become a problem for you. Use cage. Have you felt a need to cut down, have you been angry when others say you drink to much, have you felt guilty about drinking, or needed an eye opener drink in the morning? Answering yes to one or more many indicate a problem.
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
A Verified Doctoranswered
Addiction Medicine 50 years experience
No short answer: The inability to control use is the major symptom - people who drink more than they intended for longer than they intended, or drink when they did not intend to drink. Drinking when dangerous - driving, operating dangerous machinery, taking care of children - is another sign. In severe cases, blackouts (lack of memory of events while drinking) may occur, as well as personality changes.

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