Drinking Alcohol: How Much Is Too Much?


The following questions are designed to help you identify drinking habits that may cause problems for you. Answer honestly; no one but you will know the score.

  • Have you cut afternoon classes so you can party?
  • Have you missed morning classes because of a hangover?
  • Have you done poorly on an exam because you drank too much the night before?
  • When drinking, have you ever done something for which you were later sorry or embarrassed?
  • Have you ever “blacked out” while drinking? That is, have you not been able to remember things you said or did while drinking?
  • Do you frequently drink until you are drunk? do you drink for the purpose of getting drunk?
  • Do you choose friends on the basis of how much they drink?
  • Have you ever had problems with friends, family, roommates, significant others, college authorities, or the law as the result of drinking?
  • Is drinking affecting your reputation?
  • Does it bother you when other people say you drink too much?

If you answered yes to one or two of these questions, stop and think for a moment. Evaluate your relationship with alcohol. Maybe it’s time to get some information from the Health Education office.

If you answered yes to three or four questions, you may be exhibiting the beginning signs of a drinking problem. Psychological Services or the Health Education office would be glad to talk with you about reducing your use to a level that is comfortable for you and others around you.

If you answered yes to five or more questions, you should talk to someone in the Health Center or Psychological Services right away, before your alcohol use hurts you or someone else more than it may have already.