You don’t have to wash down your morning cereal with a vodka on the rocks to be an alcoholic.

If you can say yes to one or more of the statements below, you may need to seek help*.

You’ve never had sober sex


You’ve missed work because you were too hungover to get out of bed


You keep drinking even after you feel drunk


The number of drinks you usually consume no longer gives you a buzz


You act out of character and engage in risky, confrontational or self-sabotaging behaviour when you drink


You hoard booze at a party because you’re afraid you won’t get enough


Control your drinking

Want to cut down on your drinking, but not quite ready for AA?

Head to the Australian Centre for Addiction Research and enrol in their Control Your Drinking Online Program.

This totally anonymous program can help you reduce your drinking by learning skills to control it.

Sixty per cent of people on the program are women and the average age is mid-30s. The site also offers other alcohol and addiction-related information and resources.


What drinking does to your body.
The smartphone app that helps recovering alcoholics

*Sources: Dr Johanna O’Flaherty, vice-president of treatment services for the betty Ford Centre; Dr Henry Kranzler, associate scientific director of the Alcohol Research Centre at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.