RISKY DRINKING

Alcohol is the most-abused substance, and it affects millions of lives daily. Many of us who abuse alcohol don’t know we’re abusing it. We often don’t realize that risky drinking is to blame for many of our problems that affect our family, work and health.

For somebody on the outside looking in, it’s often easy to tell if alcohol is causing problems. Accidents, relationship stress and job loss make the problem clear to family and friends. But when we look at ourselves, it may not be clear. So ask yourself these questions if you think drinking might be a problem for you:

  • If you’re a woman, do you regularly have more than seven drinks a week (or fewer if you’re a senior citizen)?
  • If you’re a man, do you regularly have more than 14 drinks a week (or fewer if you’re a senior citizen)?
  • Can you stop drinking once you start?
  • Have you tried stopping for a week but could last only a few days?
  • Do you feel guilty after drinking?
  • Do you fail in your responsibilities at work or at home because of your drinking?
  • Are others making comments about your drinking?
  • Does it annoy you when someone criticizes your drinking?
  • Do you drink in the morning to get yourself going after drinking heavily the night before?
  • Do you forget what happens when you drink?
  • Do you drink to feel less anxious?
  • Do you drink to help you fall sleep?
  • Do you worry whether you have enough alcohol to last the weekend?
  • Have you ever hidden alcohol from others so you’ll have more?
  • Are you drinking while driving or working with machinery?
  • Are you drinking around children?
  • Are you drinking while pregnant?
  • Are you drinking while having medical problems?

If you’re still unsure whether drinking might be a problem for you, take our assessment test to help you think about it.

What Causes Alcoholism?

Researchers are still trying to understand all the causes of alcoholism, but it’s clear that genetics and family history can be important factors. If you have family members with drinking problems, you may be more at risk yourself. Even with no family history of alcoholism, you may find yourself in a stressful situation that leads to alcohol abuse. Either way, treatment is available.

HELPFUL VIDEOS*

Your Body on Booze

Seeking Support

Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Abuse and Addiction

*These videos and links will give you access to information not produced by Methodist Healthcare.

Treatment

The first step in treatment for alcohol abuse seems simple, but it is actually the hardest: Admit that you have a problem with alcohol.

Once you take that step, you can begin the process of quitting. Quitting is a commitment. A few of us can do it on our own, but for most of us, group support is the best answer. Here’s how to find support:

  • Contact Alcoholics Anonymous at memphis-aa.org or 901.726.6750
  • Contact the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence at www.ncadd.org or 800.NCACALL.
  • Call for information about local treatment programs (see the list below) and speak to someone about your risky drinking. They will give you the tools and support you need to quit.
  • Ask your family and friends for support.

Substance Abuse and Dependency Treatment Facilities

Facilities for adults in the Memphis metropolitan areainclude:

Advanced Horizons LLC
901.624.3581
6685 Quince Rd. Ste. 124
Memphis, TN 38119

Alcoholics Anonymous
Memphis Area Intergroup Association
901.726.6750
1835 Union Ave. Suite 302
Memphis, TN 38104
memphis-aa.org

Cocaine Anonymous
Tennessee Area
901.725.5010
1036 Firestone #205
Memphis, TN 38107
tennca.com

Delta Medical Center
901.369.8100
3000 Getwell Rd.
Memphis, TN 38118
deltamedcenter.com

Grace House of Memphis – Residential, Women Only
901.722.8460
329 N. Bellevue
Memphis, TN 38105
gracehousememphis.org

Harbor House Memphis – Residential, Men Only
901.743.1836
1979 East Alcy Rd.
Memphis, TN 38114
harborhousememphis.org

Innovative Counseling and Consulting, Inc.
901.276.0220
1455 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38104
Innovativecounselingbhs.org

Lakeside Behavioral Health System
901.377.4700
2911 Goodman Rd.
Memphis, TN 38133
lakesidebhs.com

La Paloma Outpatient Services
866.491.6548
764 Brookhaven Circle
Memphis, TN 38117
lapalomatreatment.com

La Paloma Treatment Center
877.345.1887
2009 Lamar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38114
lapalomatreatment.com

Memphis Center for Research and Addiction Treatment
901.722.9420
1270 Madison Ave.
Memphis, TN 38104

Memphis Recovery Centers
901.272.7751
219 N. Montgomery St.
Memphis, TN 38104
memphisrecovery.com

Mental Health Resources
901.682.6136
1037 Cresthaven Rd.
Memphis, TN 38119
mhrmemphis.com

New Directions, Inc.
901.327.4244
642 Semmes St.
Memphis, TN 38111

Parkwood Behavioral Health System
662.895.4900
8135 Goodman Rd.