My husband thinks I drink too much, and he is especially aware of it because sometimes he does as well. This time of year does not make it easier — parties, family gatherings, various celebratory events abound.
So I self-assess, as I generally do during periods of evaluation:
MAST score (developed in the 1970s) resulted in a score of 4, which means I am likely in the early or middle stages of having a drinking problem.
CAGE score (only 4 questions) resulted in a score of 3, which means I am VERY LIKELY to have a drinking problem that may or may not be an addiction.
AUDIT score (developed by WHO) resulted in a score of 18, which means I am at a higher risk, drinking harmfully, and likely to suffer from alcohol dependence.
Damn it. So many of the questions were about legal issues, work performance, black-outs, drinking in the morning, having DTs — things that have never come up for me. But other questions included, “Has a close friend or family member expressed concerns about your drinking?”
I know I drink too much, and although I might not be a full-on alcoholic the results are certainly a little too close to dependence and addiction.
Sigh. Time to put down the glass.