How does a person know if he or she is drinking to self-medicate?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Social worker Judith W. Cousins discusses how to know if a person is drinking to self-medicate.

    Host: How does a person know if he or she is drinking to self-medicate?

    Judith W. Cousins: A person knows that they are self medicating by drinking when they start to become aware that when they have troubling feelings or they have distressing feelings or they are in distress that their immediate thought or their close to immediate thought is, I am going to have a drink. For example, I have had a really rotten day at work, I am going to have a drink to relax or I may have two drinks to relax. When that becomes a pattern, when that becomes a habit then a person can say to themselves, I may have a problem with using alcohol to help myself relax or help myself feel better.