Should I Stop Drinking or Just Cut Down?

Do you want some help deciding whether you should cut down or stop drinking?

 

Here are some suggestions:

 

You should stop drinking if:

You should try to drink at lower risk levels only if:

  • You have tried to cut down before but have not been successful

 

      OR

 

  • You suffer from morning shakes after drinking heavily

 

      OR

 

  • You have a medical condition that can be made worse by alcohol, like liver disease

 

      OR

 

  • You are pregnant, you are trying to get pregnant

 

      OR

 

  • You are taking certain medications that interact with alcohol.

 

Note: It would be advisable that you tell your doctor or other health professional about all edications you are taking

 

  •  During the last year you have been drinking at lower risk levels most of the time

 

     AND

 

  • You do not suffer from early morning shakes or memory blackouts

 

     AND

 

  • You would like to drink at lower risk levels

 

Note: You should choose lower risk drinking only if all three apply to you

 

 

 

Babor TF et al. AUDIT - The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test: guidelines for use in primary care, 2nd ed. Geneva, World Health Organization, 2001.