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Symptoms of an alcohol use disorder

A few mild symptoms – which you might not see as trouble signs – can signal the start of a drinking problem. It helps to know the signs so you can make a change early. If heavy drinking continues, then over time, the number and severity of symptoms can grow and add up to an “alcohol use disorder”. See if you recognize any of these symptoms in either friends of yours or yourself…..

In the past year, have you….

  • had times when you ended up drinking more, or longer than you intended?
  • more than once wanted to cut down or stop drinking, or tried to, but couldn’t?
  • more than once gotten into situations while or after drinking that increased your chances of getting hurt (such as driving, walking in a dangerous area, being with people who might cause you harm?)
  • continued to drink even though it was making you feel depressed or anxious?
  • continued to drink even though you have had a memory blackout?
  • continued to drink even though it was causing trouble with your family or friends?
  • found that drinking – or being sick from drinking – interfered with your school attendance or school work?
  • given up or cut back on activities that were important or interesting to you, or gave you pleasure, in order to drink?
  • more than once gotten arrested, been held at a police station, or had other legal problems because of your drinking?

(Information taken from “Rethinking Drinking” from the NIAAA website –

If you answer yes to some of the questions above, you or your friend may be at risk. Contact your counselor, social worker, or LT Student Assistance Program Coordinator Jeanne Widing at, 708.579.6507, or in A105 SC to have a conversation and get some additional information.
There are also local agencies that will help you assess whether or not you have a problem: students can reach out to Pillars (708.745.5277) Elmhurst Behavioral Health (331.221.3487) and Rosecrance (888.928.5278). AA can be reached at 312.346.1475.