Q: How Can You Tell Whether You or Someone Close to You Has an Alcohol
A good first step is to answer the brief questionnaire below, developed
by Dr. John Ewing. (To help remember these questions, note that the first
letter of a key word in each question spells "CAGE.")
Have you ever felt you should Cut
down on your drinking?
Have people Annoyed you by
criticizing your drinking?
Have you ever felt bad or Guilty
about your drinking?
Have you ever had a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves
or to get rid of a hangover (Eye
One "yes" answer suggests a possible alcohol problem. More than one "yes"
answer means it is highly likely that a problem exists. If you think that
you or someone you know might have an alcohol problem, it is important to
see a doctor or other health provider right away. He or she can determine
whether a drinking problem exists and, if so, suggest the best course of
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