In the past 12 months, has your drinking repeatedly caused or contributed to: risk of bodily harm (drinking and driving, operating machinery, swimming) relationship trouble (family or friends) role failure (interference with home, work, or school obligations) run-ins with the law (arrests or other legal problems)
If yes to one or more you have alcohol abuse.

In the past 12 months, have you: not been able to cut down or stop (repeated failed attempts) not been able to stick to drinking limits (repeatedly gone over them) shown tolerance (needed to drink a lot more to get the same effect) shown signs of withdrawal (tremors, sweating, nausea, or insomnia when trying to quit or cut down) kept drinking despite problems (recurrent physical or psychological problems) spent a lot of time drinking (or anticipating or recovering from drinking) spent less time on other matters (activities that had been important or pleasurable)
If yes to three or more you have alcohol dependence.

Source: http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/Practitioner/pocketguide/pocket_guide6.htm

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