Veteran crew agent Sue Price places crew on yachts as director of operations with Viking Crew in Fort Lauderdale. She recommends that all crew assess their alcohol use.
“Take a look at yourself in the spectrum. That may make people raise an eyebrow about themself,” she said. “Are you a social drinker? Or are you an alcoholic?”
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.
A.A. offers these questions for people to gauge their level of dependency on alcohol. Those who answer “yes” to four or more questions may have a problem.
1. Have you ever decided to stop drinking for a week or so, but only lasted for a couple of days?
2. Do you wish people would mind their own business about your drinking — stop telling you what to do?
3. Have you ever switched from one kind of drink to another in the hope that this would keep you from getting drunk?
4. Have you had to have an eye-opener upon awakening during the past year?
5. Do you envy people who can drink without getting into trouble?
6. Have you had problems connected with drinking during the past year?
7. Has your drinking caused trouble at home?
8. Do you ever try to get “extra” drinks at a party because you do not get enough?
9. Do you tell yourself you can stop drinking any time you want to, even though you keep getting drunk when you don’t mean to?
10. Have you missed days of work or school because of drinking?
11. Do you have “blackouts”?
12. Have you ever felt that your life would be better if you did not drink?
If you answered “yes” four or more times, you are probably in trouble with alcohol, according to A.A. To learn more, visit www.aa.org.
The preceding 12 questions have been excerpted from material appearing in the pamphlet, “Is A.A. For You?”, and has been reprinted with permission of Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. (“A.A.W.S.”) Permission to reprint this material does not mean that A.A.W.S. has reviewed and/or endorses this publication. A.A is a program of recovery from alcoholism only – use of A.A. material in any non-A.A. context does not imply otherwise.