Alcohol Use/Abuse in Families

If you know you have a family history of alcohol dependency, it may be important to examine your own drinking patterns. There are studies to show that if you are raised in a alcoholic home, you are at double the risk of becoming an alcoholic yourself. There is a very simple way to begin to explore if you have a problem. The assessment is called the CAGE Questionnaire. There are four questions to respond yes or no.
1) Have you felt you should CUT down on your drinking?
2) Have people ANNOYED you by criticizing your drinking?
3) Have you ever felt bad or GUILTY about your drinking?
4) Have you ever used alcohol first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or get rid of a hangover?

If you answered yes to any of the 4 questions, you may want to speak to a counselor. Check out a book by Bert Pluymen, “The Thinking Man’s Guide to Sobriety,” to get an in depth perspective.

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Dr. Mike Klaybor

Dr. Mike Klaybor

Dr. Mike Klaybor brings thirty years of experience in practicing counseling psychology with individuals and couples. His approach is cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT. Specific specialties include; anxiety and stress management, chronic pain & chronic illness management, depression, substance abuse evaluations, employee assistance and executive coaching for workplace performance and leadership.