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Warning signs of alcoholism

Alcoholism is a very serious condition. According to the CDC, excess alcohol use leads to an average of 88,000 deaths every year. According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, there are some questions you can ask to determine if you might have a problem. They include:

  • Do you try to avoid family or close friends while you are drinking?
  • Can you handle more alcohol now than when you first started to drink?
  • Have you ever been unable to remember part of the previous evening, even though your friends say you didn’t pass out?
  • When drinking with other people, do you try to have a few extra drinks when others won’t know about it?
  • Do you sometimes feel uncomfortable if alcohol is not available?
  • Are you more in a hurry to get your first drink of the day than you used to be?
  • Has a family member or close friend expressed concern or complained about your drinking?
  • Do you often want to continue drinking after your friends say they’ve had enough?
  • Are you having more financial, work, school, and/or family problems as a result of your drinking?
  • Has your physician ever advised you to cut down on your drinking?
  • Do you eat very little or irregularly during the periods when you are drinking?
  • Do you sometimes stay drunk for several days at a time?

Given that none of us are as good at introspection as we like to think we are, and the boundless human capacity for self-deception, it is best not to try too hard to diagnose yourself. If you think you might have a problem, the next step is to get a mental health screenings.

Mental health screenings in Matthews, NC

The Conner Family Health Clinic in Matthews, NC offers excellent mental health screenings services and support for mental health patients. The clinic has doctors on call 24 hours a day and seven days a week, and mental health screenings are a part of its subscription medical practice. The Conner Clinic is a subscription medical practice, integrated with the Hallmark Physician Group. This allows Dr. Conner and the rest of the staff to spend more time on each patient with concierge style personalized medical practice, including annual physicals and customized medical reports. The clinic also offers an in-house pharmacy virtual concierge, an online interface which allows members to schedule appointments, monitor their health history, email their physician, request prescription refills, and view lab results from the in-house lab services.

The clinic accepts Aetna including the Medicare Advantage HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Beech Street, Cigna, Coventry, Healthgram, Human Choicecare, Medcost, Medicare and Railroad Medicare and United Healthcare. If you do not have any of these, contact them to find out if they will accept your insurance.  If you’re concerned about the state of your mental health, make an appointment today.

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