Signs of a Drinking Problem

Worried that you or your friend might have a drinking problem? If you answer yes to one or more of these warning signs, there may be an alcohol problem that needs to be addressed. (SAAD)

  • Getting drunk on a regular basis
  • Lying about how much alcohol he or she is using
  • Believing that alcohol is necessary to have fun
  • Having frequent hangovers
  • Feeling run-down, depressed, or even suicidal
  • Experiencing “blackouts” – forgetting what occurred while drinking
  • Having problems at school or getting in trouble with the law
  • Avoiding friends in order to get drunk
  • Giving up activities he or she used to do – sports, homework, spending time with friends who don’t drink
  • Having to drink more to get drunk
  • Constantly talking about drinking
  • Pressuring others to drink
  • Taking risks such as driving under the influence of alcohol or taking sexual risks
  • Missing work or school – or exhibiting poor performance at work or school – because of drinking

If any of these warnings sound uncomfortably familiar, please seek help for yourself or your friend. For referrals, talk to your school nurse or other trusted healthcare professional.



Massachusetts Substance Abuse Information & Education Helpline

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Treatment Referral Helpline

National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information