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Alcohol
   
Addiction

“WILL I GET HOOKED?”

You have less chance of developing an alcohol problem if:
  • You have high self-esteem
  • You know your strengths and your weaknesses
  • You believe in your future and set goals for yourself
  • You have friends you can trust and with whom you feel comfortable
  • You have a good relationship with your parents
  • You are active, have interests, and regularly participate in sports or leisure activities
However, you’ll have to be a little more careful if:
  • People around you (friends, family members) often drink alcohol
  • You feel alone, like you don’t have anyone to support you when you’re having problems
  • You’re having problems at school
  • You’re having problems at home
  • You’re experiencing violence
  • You’re under a lot of stress
  • You have trouble setting goals and developing interests

OTHER SIGNS TO WATCH FOR

There are other signs that you are at risk of developing a problem:
  • Most of your activities involve alcohol, and you constantly seek out activities in which alcohol will be present
  • You choose friends based on whether or not they drink
  • Your interests change, and you drop out of sports and activities that you used to enjoy
  • You sometimes drink alone
  • Every occasion seems like a good reason to party
  • Your parents, friends, or teachers are worried about you

THINGS TO THINK ABOUT

Examine your drinking habits:
  • How often do you drink?
  • On what occasions do you drink?
  • Who do you drink with?
  • How many drinks do you have?
  • How much money do you spend on alcohol?
Identify the reasons you drink:
  • What makes you drink?
  • What do you get out of it? What are you looking for?
  • Do you have problems dealing with your emotions?
  • Do you find it hard to have fun?
Set goals for yourself:
  • Do you want to stop drinking all at once or gradually?
  • What are your goals? Are they realistic?
  • What could help you achieve your goals?
  • How would you benefit from stopping? What are the advantages?
Think of ways to meet your goals:
  • Should you limit your contact with certain people for a little while?
  • Are there other things you could do to keep you busy?
  • How did you deal with your emotions before you started regularly drinking?
  • Have you thought about how you can explain your choices and the steps you’re taking to those around you?
  • Have you thought about seeking support in order to feel less alone and receive encouragement, support, and the tools you need to meet your goals?
Talk to a professional. There are people who can help you. You can find out what services are available in your region from the Drug: Information and Referral (1-800-265-2626, 24/7). Or, call or write Tel-jeunes at any time.
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