Asking whether or not you are an alcoholic is the wrong question.
What we need to know is whether or not we have a problem with alcohol.
This week new guidance issued to GPs in the UK shows a simple way to decide.
Previously, the GPs would ask you about the number of units of alcohol you consumed per week. You would answer, telling the truth divided by 2 (or 3 or 4) and they would compare this to the weekly recommended limit of 14 units for women and 21 for men. Translating a bowl of wine into units and multiplying by number of top ups and 7 days in the week quickly gave us a huge number. But this number was not particularly meaningful to us on an individual, personal level.
Now it is simple. The Doctor can ask 2 questions.
1. Have you ever done anything you regret whilst drunk?
2. Have you ever had more than 6 drinks in one sitting?
These we can immediately relate to. These are easy questions to answer with a simple Yes/No required.
So have you? Have you had more than 6 drinks at one sitting OR regretted anything that's happened whilst you were drunk?
If so, relax. You're not an alcoholic, but you do have a problem with alcohol.