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If I only drink in response to stressful situations am I becoming an alcoholic?

11 doctors weighed in
Samyukta Mullangi
Dermatology
5 doctors agree

In brief: CAGE

Ask yourself if you've thought about cutting down on your drinking, whether you feel guilty about drinking, whether you feel annoyed when people tell you to cut down on drinking, and whether you've ever felt the need for an eye-opener in the morning.
A score of at least 2 suggests that you may have a problem with drinking.

In brief: CAGE

Ask yourself if you've thought about cutting down on your drinking, whether you feel guilty about drinking, whether you feel annoyed when people tell you to cut down on drinking, and whether you've ever felt the need for an eye-opener in the morning.
A score of at least 2 suggests that you may have a problem with drinking.
Samyukta Mullangi
Samyukta Mullangi
Answer assisted by Samyukta Mullangi, Medical Student
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Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
You might also ask yourself. Can you stop drinking now for one month and not miss it? If you can you are not likely to have a problem, but situations can change.
Dr. Matthew Smith
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: You are risking it.

Alcohol is a poor choice to handle stress, for many reasons.
Your experience with alcohol should have told you this. That it didn't raises the question of whether your drinking is beginning to be compulsive. You would be wise to avoid drinking from stress, and, if you need help with stress, get it.

In brief: You are risking it.

Alcohol is a poor choice to handle stress, for many reasons.
Your experience with alcohol should have told you this. That it didn't raises the question of whether your drinking is beginning to be compulsive. You would be wise to avoid drinking from stress, and, if you need help with stress, get it.
Dr. Matthew Smith
Dr. Matthew Smith
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes.

Alcohol suppresses your ability to deal with stressful situations and lowers your stress threshhold.
Pretty soon everything becomes a stressful situation that calls for a drink.

In brief: Yes.

Alcohol suppresses your ability to deal with stressful situations and lowers your stress threshhold.
Pretty soon everything becomes a stressful situation that calls for a drink.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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