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do you think you're drinking too much?
i drank a lot this weekend. spent a lot of money on alcohol. drinking.
Perfectly under control and with very little short-term problematic impact, mind, but it's still too much.
not as much as i used to, but that doesm't say much
great thread idea, jordo
the amount of alcohol it takes to get me actually drunk is significantly more than the amount it takes to make me feel sick or exhausted
Nothing else over the weekend. Had three pints on Tuesday and a glass of wine on Thursday. That's it. Reckon I'm alright.
i'm going to delete this and make my own thread
probably on balance drink less than i used to because Good Lady Brusma's not a big drinker
instead of long, lonely nights?
and me going home in a mood instead of staying out afterwards is making me cut down loads.
So I was chatting about this at the weekend with some people. Yes, for the millionth time. One of them was a doctor who works in A&E and was saying how there's this questionnaire to find out if you're drinking too much. Here's a link:
OBVIOUSLY I am. Awful scenes. I answer yes to the first and second and no to the second two which gives me "significant alcohol problems". Not really sure what to do with this information. Hmmm.
maybe you should cut back on the drink pn
do i ever!
I have to, to cope with my life as an international secret agent
From no problem to significant problems in one question.
Although if you answered Yes to the last one (drinking first thing in the morning to steady your nerves) and no to the rest it still says you're normal, I'd say that would be more worrying than the others.
so maybe you broke the form? Check again...
I tried it again and still got Normal with 3 Nos and a Yes
Yeah, it's not doing it now. I should have screenshotted...
So, if you've ever felt guilty about your drinking (question three), and thought you should cut down (question one), then you've got "significant alcohol problems".
Sounds more like hangover regret to me!
the medical profession with the best of intentions issue advice which is exaggerated because they believe it will make the ordinary person pay better attention to what they're doing to themselves, but is counter-productive because the ordinary person can discern that it's exaggerated and therefore ignores it altogether?
but this doesn't constitute advice for ordinary people; it's a screening tool to investigate whether a drink problem warrants further investigation in patient in a very short space of time. Whether it does that effectively is up for debate, but no-one in this thread should be freaked out by it or anything. This one (linked from the bottom of the page) look a bit more evidenced and time-sensitive:
We were expressing concern (well, I wasn't, others were) about a relative who [redacted] thinks drinks too much. I don't think they do in the slightest but from everything these people said (me excluded), the doctor in the group said they do, perhaps, and there's the above CAGE questionnaire to suggest so :/
I then considered my drinking -- not much during the week, maybe a beer here and there, sometimes wine; at weekends it can go from a stupid amount to not much, with occasional blackouts and memory loss and sometimes concern from people -- and did the CAGE thing on myself.
because a respondent could completely pass it as normal despite having a huge drink problem! I prefer tool like this to have at least something objective in there: the question on behaviours associated with drink problems (the last one) is more like it, but the other three seem pretty rubbish.
answered yes to 1 and 4 means i have a "significant" problem
ie sometimes i think "ooh it'd be better to drink less, be a bit more productive and richer" and i've drunk in the morning at festivals to help with hangovers BIG WHOOP
I'm normal, apparently.
from what i can tell it's supposed to be a tool to be used by medical professionals towards making an initial diagnosis about an alcohol problem. it's supporting evidence, not a be all and end all. honestly, the sheer arrogance of people on this site...
brusma's having a go about people's arrogance on this website! Best enjoy that.
OMG IT MEANS NOTHING posts, I expected a lot of "maybe you should cut back, you twat" posts. Hmmm.
convince themselves they're right about everything
keep em coming!
I've never really been one to go for a couple of drinks then call it a night, cos once i get the taste for it i'll drink to excess
prolly only drink 2 or 3 times a week and then i'll stop after just a few, feel loads better about life, and am fitter than i can remember being for a long time.
i agreed to go dry for six months this morning
3 out of 4 on what is clearly an exhaustive and conclusive test.
That's not to say I don't have a slightly unhealthy relationship with alcohol.
I drink 5/6 days out of seven, between a half bottle to a bottle of wine on those occasions - maybe add more if I'm out or had started earlier in the day with a mixer/finish with a nightcap.
Won't often get drunk, but have no problem with enjoying either a wine or whiskey on the rocks alone, and have gone to have a drink on my lunch break by myself before, but that is rare.
But drink a lot at the weekends. All manner of health goes out of the window at the weekend between Friday night and Sunday evening. I eat pretty badly too.
it's fine to ignore that if the only person expressing concern is your mum, right?
i definitely fall into the 'too much alcohol' category but i'm pretty sure i don't fall into the 'psychologically problematic drinking' category soooo i'm gonna say it's mostly fine. sorry liver.
It was nice. That's ll I have to add.
Can I also speak of my rhubarb vdka? It's so ver good.
ARE YOU DRUNK?
but had a lovely Ale on Saturday - Hotel Chocolat's Cocoa Ale. Very nice.
Like three or four weekends, drinking on week days, generally too much.
Then will go through periods of almost teetotalism.
Gotta watch out for booze after 30 - It pretends to be your mate whilst killing you.
It's all fun and that getting drunk, but you have to consciously knock it on the head for large chunks of time else you gradually get worse and worse and turn into a functioning alcoholic.