How do you know if you're drinking too much? It's not an easy question to answer — but if you're concerned about your drinking, experts say, there are certain guidelines that can help you figure out if your alcohol consumption is affecting your life. While it's not a substitute for reaching out for professional help, asking yourself a few questions can help you understand the degree to which your drinking is impacting your life, and figure out what to do about it.
Jared Heathman MD, a psychiatrist and substance use disorder specialist at Your Family Psychiatrist in Houston, Texas, tells Bustle that if you're concerned about how much you're drinking, you're going to need to go straight to the tough issues. "Some of the most important questions to ask or honestly evaluate are related to how alcohol negatively impacts your life," he says. If you want a general guide on how much is too much, Heathman notes that "four or more servings of alcohol per day are likely to cause some level of dysfunction." But that number isn't definitive for each and every person. If you're feeling uncomfortable with your alcohol use, it can help to ask yourself these questions provided by experts — and listen honestly to the answers.