DRINKCHECK can help you decide – All it takes is 5 minutes
Drinkcheck is an easy way to find out if you are risking injury, health or other problems as a result of your drinking. Drinkcheck is a brief personal alcohol assessment that takes just 5 minutes to complete. Once you have answered the Drinkcheck Questionnaire you will know if your drinking is risky and whether you need to consider some changes.
What is risky drinking?
How much alcohol is risky depends on a number of factors including the possibility of you being pregnant, how healthy you are, your age, how much you drink, how often you drink, how fast you drink, where you drink, what you are doing during and after drinking, what you are eating and your mood. It is also important to consider other.substances you are using, such as medications or illicit drugs, which can interact with alcohol,
There are two patterns of drinking that can be risky:
- Drinking too much on a particular occasion and
- Consistent heavy drinking over months or years.
Drinkcheck gives you the opportunity to look at your regular drinking as well as those times when you drink more heavily.
Getting drunk or being intoxicated can result in all kinds of harms because you are more likely to engage in risky behaviour. Injuring yourself or others, getting into fights and arguments, motor vehicle crashes, having unsafe and unprotected sex are just a few problems that can happen when you drink too much on a particular occasion. Hangovers may result in not being able to work or study.
Regular drinking: Many people may be at risk even though they rarely get drunk. You may be drinking too much on a regular basis and this could damage your health or cause other problems, such as reduced ability to think clearly, sleeping difficulties, depression, family problems, high blood pressure, sexual problems, brain and liver damage.
You may be surprised to know that you don’t have to drink all that much on a regular basis to experience alcohol problems.
Dependence: Over time you can build up a tolerance to alcohol and want or need more to feel the desired effect. If you find your life revolving around drinking and find it hard to cut down or stop, you may be dependent. You may experience anxiety, depression, withdrawal symptoms or loss of control over your life. If this is happening you should talk to your doctor or other health professional about your drinking.