Alcohol Abuse

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.  

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