People with risky drinking patterns drink more alcohol than is considered medically safe. Risky drinkers have a higher risk of going on to abuse alcohol and become dependent on alcohol.
Some habits of risky drinkers are drinking:
Watch your drinking patterns more closely and plan ahead. This can help you cut back on your alcohol use.
Keep track of how much you drink and set some goals. To do this:
When you are drinking:
To control how much you drink:
Make an appointment with your health care provider to talk about your drinking.
You and your health care provider can make a plan for you either to stop or cut back on your drinking. Your health care provider will:
Ask for support from people who may be willing to listen and help, such as a spouse or significant other, or nondrinking friends.Your place of work may have a program where you can seek help without needing to tell anyone at work about your drinking.
Some other resources where you can seek information or support for alcohol problems include:
Bush K,Kivlahan DR,McDonellMB,FihnSD, Bradley KA. The AUDIT alcohol consumption questions (AUDIT-C): an effective brief screening test for problem drinking. Ambulatory Care Quality Improvement Project (ACQUIP). Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test. Arch Intern Med. 1998; 158(16):1789–1795.
In the clinic. Alcohol use. Ann Intern Med. 2009 Mar 3;150(5).
Updated by: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.
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