How Do You Know That You or Your Friend Have an Addiction?

There are some internal and external signs that can help you recognize the addiction.

Do I have an addiction?

  • You think you should drink less.
  • You feel guilty because you drink.
  • You drink alcohol in the morning to calm down or cure the hangover.
  • Other people criticize your alcohol consumption.

Does my friend have an addiction?

  • Your friend drinks more than 14 units of alcohol a week (one unit is equal to a 25 ml spirit shot).
  • Sometimes my friend can’t remember what happened last night when he drank alcohol or after that.
  • My friend can’t work or misses meetings because he is intoxicated or has a hangover.


You can take the AUDIT test by the World Health Organization and assess your level of addiction (or share it with your friend).

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