‘As a substance abuse counselor, I was asked many times by clients, “Am I an alcoholic?”
My response was simple: “Do you think ‘normal’ drinkers ask that question?”
Only alcoholics understand what ‘normal’ drinkers are. They’re the ones that walk into a bar, order a drink and leave an hour later with half the drink still in the glass.
Your feelings about the answer to the question regarding normal drinkers can tell you almost as much as the answer to the question itself.
If you hear the question and feel uneasy, anxious or stressed, then your next step should be to schedule an assessment with an addiction specialist. They can point out warning signs to you and let you know what you may want to do.’