One of the greatest concerns in the United States today is the concern about binge drinking, alcohol abuse, and alcohol addiction in general.  True enough, this issue is a very serious one and concerning one, but one does not need to worry about oneself as there are some very obvious reasons and tests that one can apply to discover if he or she is an addict or a binge drinker or not.

Listed below are six signs that one might be a binge drinker:

1.  You Become a Big Risk Taker in a Bad Way

People who drink too much take risks.  A normally reserved person might do something crazy like strip off his shirt or tell your boss where to go after drinking too much.  One could take a risk that could lose one’s job because of alcohol.  This is a sign of binge drinking.  It’s common, common knowledge that drinking can lower inhibitions.  Getting drunk too seriously or too often can cause one to act out of character in a way that’s much worse than if one knew when to stop or if one didn’t drink so much or so often.

2.  You Drink A Lot on the Weekends

It’s a major red flag to have a standard drinking habit.  For example, even if one doesn’t drink every day but he or she drinks every single Friday and Saturday night, then that is a major red flag.  While research does show to us that having about seven alcoholic drinks a week lowers one’s risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease, abstaining all week only to guzzle seven pints on a Friday night negates any of alcohol’s potential health benefits obviously, as it becomes b=very dangerous and essentially poisoning at that point.

3.  You Can’t Stick to Your Own Limits at All

Everyone knowns the story of telling oneself that they will only have one or two drinks and then drinking more.  Has this ever happened to you?  This is a sure sign of a drinking problem.  One who does not have a drinking problem has no issue or difficulty with knowing when to quit or knowing when to stop drinking or with keeping his or her personal agreement with oneself to stop at a certain time.  One of the clues that you may be a realistic binge drinker is if you seem surprised that drinking somehow crept up on you when you weren’t paying attention.

4.  You Occasionally Black Out from Time to Time

Lots of people drink.  Lots of people drink often.  Very rarely does on blackout as a result from drinking.  If one blacks out, especially if one has blacked out more than once from alcohol consumption, then that is a very, very good sign of alcohol abuse, alcohol addiction, or at lease binge drinking.

5. You Become Lazy and You Become a Slacker

Drinking is a major problem when you notice that you’ve started to neglect things that were once important to you for the sake of alcohol.  This could be anything at all.  Maybe you are normally a very dedicated worker, but you’re too hung over from happy hour to prepare for your morning meeting and you’re late and the meeting goes badly.  Or you repeatedly ignore your fitness goals and skip your after-work weight lifting session in favor of happy hour.  Or you neglect your kids or your spouse or your hobbies or your friends to favor the bottle.

6. Your Family, Your Loved Ones, and Your Friends Worry About You

If you’re afraid to ask people if you drink too much, that’s probably a sign that you’re overdoing it.  This explains itself.  If you don’t want to talk about your drinking, then you’re drinking too much.  You may not be aware of exactly how much you’ve been drinking until it starts creating conflict with your relationships or at work too.  If your family, friends, or co-workers have hinted (or flat-out vocalized) that they’re worried about how much you imbibe, it’s time to cut back for sure.