Santa Clara University

Wellness Center

Do I Have A Problem With Alcohol?

Many students don't realize that alcohol problems can start in college.  Ask yourself the following 20 questions:

  1. Do you lose time from classes due to drinking?
  2. Do you drink because you are uncomfortable in social situations?
  3. Do you drink to build up your self confidence?
  4. Is drinking affecting your relationships with friends?
  5. Do you drink alone?
  6. Do you drink to escape from studies or home worries?
  7. Do you feel guilty or depressed after drinking?
  8. Does it bother you if someone says that maybe you drink too much?
  9. Do you have to take a drink when you go out on a date?
  10. Do you get along better with other people when you drink?
  11. Do you get into financial troubles over buying liquor?
  12. Do you feel more important when you drink?
  13. Have you lost friends since you started drinking?
  14. Do you drink more than most of your friends?
  15. Have you started hanging around with a crowd that drinks more than your old friends?
  16. Do you drink until you just couldn't drink anymore?
  17. Have you ever had a complete loss of memory from drinking?
  18. Have you ever been to a hospital or been arrested due to drunken behavior?
  19. Do you turn off to any studies or lectures about drinking?
  20. Do you think you have a problem with alcohol?

If you answered yes to some of these questions, you have some of the symptoms that indicate a problem with alcohol. Remember, there is no intelligent reason to deny that you have a health problem. If you think you do have a problem, the most important thing is to do something about it! Patterns of heavy drinking in college could lead to more serious problems later. Contact a professional at the Health Center or Counseling Center on campus to learn more.

More Online Alcohol Screenings


Alcohol Assessments: MAST and AUDIT

Physical and Behavioral Symptoms to Watch for in Yourself or a Friend

Physical Symptoms

  • Increase or decrease in appetite; changes in eating habits, unexplained weight loss or gain.
  • Slow or staggering walk; poor physical coordination.
  • Changes in sleeping habits -- inability to sleep, awake at unusual times; or unusual sleepiness, laziness, sleeping at strange times.
  • Red, watery eyes; pupils larger or smaller than usual; blank stare.
  • Cold, sweaty palms; shaking hands.
  • Puffy face, blushing or pale skin.
  • Smell of substance on breath, body or clothes.
  • Extreme hyperactivity; excessive talkativeness.
  • Runny nose; hacking cough.
  • Needle marks or bruises on lower arm, legs or bottom of feet.
  • Unexplained nausea, vomiting or excessive sweating.
  • Tremors or shakes on hands, feet or head.
  • Irregular heartbeat.
Behavioral / Psychological Symptoms
  • Change in overall attitude / personality with no other identifiable cause.
  • Changes in friends: new hang-outs, avoidance of old crowd, new friends are drug users.
  • Change in activities; loss of interest in things that were important before.
  • Drop in school or work performance; skips or is late to school or work.
  • Changes in habits at home; loss of interest in family and family activities.
  • Difficulty in paying attention; forgetfullness.
  • Lack of motivation, energy, self-esteem, discipline. Bored, "I don't care" attitude.
  • Defensiveness, temper tantrums, resentful behavior (everything's a hassle).
  • Unexplained moodiness, irritability, or nervousness.
  • Violent temper or bizarre behavior.
  • Unexplained silliness or giddiness.
  • Paranoia -- suspiciousness.
  • Excessive need for privacy; keeps door locked or closed, won't let people in.
  • Secretive or suspicious behavior.
  • Car accidents, fender benders, household accidents.
  • Chronic dishonesty; trouble with police.
  • Unexplained need for money; can't explain where money goes; stealing.
  • Unusual effort to cover arms, legs.
  • Change in personal grooming habits.
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia.

Help Is Available

If you are concerned about your own or a friend's drinking behavior, please do not hesitate to call some of the following resources:

On Campus:
Counseling Center554-4172
Health Center 554-4501
Wellness Center554-4409

Off Campus:

Alcoholics Anonymous

(408) 374-8511
274 E. Hamilton Ave.
Campbell, CA

Al-Anon and Alateen Information                   
(408) 379-1051
**for family and friends of alcoholics

Narcotics Anonymous     
(408) 998-4200
Greater San Jose Area Service Committee
of Narcotics Anonymous
P.O. Box 59114
San Jose CA 95159





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