Everybody drinks, right? For young adults, drinking to excess seems almost like a rite of passage. You’re expected to get absolutely hammered on your 21st birthday, and most people spend their 20s (and early 30s) socializing at night clubs and bars. Right?
Because drinking is so deeply rooted in American culture, it can be easy for us to convince ourselves that ‘everyone does it’ – that everyone drinks the same way we do, and that even blacking out on occasion isn’t a serious problem. The truth is, it can be tricky to tell whether or not you – or someone you love – is grappling with an actual alcohol abuse disorder. There are many reasons for alcoholism, ranging from underlying psychiatric disorders to genetic propensity for addiction. Regardless of the cause, alcoholism can be absolutely devastating. If you do suffer from symptoms of alcoholism, it is always better to seek professional help sooner rather than later.
While there is no real medical alcoholism test you can take, you can easily conduct an in-depth self-assessment, which will indicate whether or not you should seek treatment for alcoholism.