You're not an alcoholic, right?

These 12 questions can help you decide if you have a drinking problem.

1. Have you ever decided to stop drinking for a week or so, but only lasted for a couple of days?

Yes

No

2. Do you wish people would mind their own business about your drinking and stop telling you what to do?

Yes

No

3. Have you ever switched from one kind of drink to another in the hope that this would keep you from getting drunk?

Yes

No

4. Have you had to have an eye-opener upon awakening during the past year?

Yes

No

5. Do you envy people who can drink without getting into trouble?

Yes

No

6. Have you had problems connected with drinking during the past year?

Yes

No

7. Has your drinking caused trouble at home?

Yes

No

8. Do you ever try to get "extra" drinks at a party because you do not get enough?

Yes

No

9. Do you tell yourself you can stop drinking any time you want to, even though you keep getting drunk when you don't mean to?

Yes

No

10. Have you missed days of work or school because of drinking?

Yes

No

11. Do you have "blackouts"?

Yes

No

12. Have you ever felt that your life would be better if you did not drink?

Yes

No

Only you can decide whether you are an alcoholic. But here's how to score this self test:

One "yes" answer indicates some problem with alcohol; four or more "yes" answers point to a serious alcohol problem.

(These questions are adapted from the pamphlet "Is AA for You,"

1973 Alcoholics Anonymous World Services Inc., New York.)