Lawyers Only AA Meeting
Attorneys, judges and students meet twice a month to share their life experiences and challenges with mental health and well-being. This is a confidential and supportive group of peers. Please contact MAP director, Kristin Murray-James for more information.
Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse
Not everyone who abuses alcohol is an alcoholic, even when a degree of alcohol dependance occurs. In either case, untreated, the results can be equally devastating and, more often than not, alcohol abuse is a symptom of alcoholism.
Alcoholism and alcohol abuse symptoms include:
- Inability to limit the amount of alcohol you consume.
- Feeling a strong need to drink.
- Developing tolerance – increasing amounts to feel the effects.
- Drinking alone or in secret.
- Drinking at work.
- Hiding the amount of your drinking from family and friends.
- Making a ritual of having drinks at certain times and becoming annoyed if the ritual is disturbed or questioned.
- Gulping drinks, ordering doubles, becoming intoxicated intentionally to feel good.
- Not remembering conversations or commitments made when drinking.
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms – nausea, sweating, or shaking – when you don’t drink.
- Conflict with friends or family over the amount of your drinking.
- Problems with work productivity, finances or relationships due to drinking.
Alcohol abuse self-test.
If you or a colleague think you might have a problem with alcohol or drugs, contact MAP right away. We can assist you to find the help you need.