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If you are concerned about your drinking or that of someone close to you, spend a few minutes taking the following test supplied by the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs. Be honest. If you answer yes to three or more symptoms in any one section, it indicates a problem in that stage. Contact your local bar association or CoLAP ((312) 988-5359) for the telephone number of the lawyer assistance program closest to you. EARLY STAGE • Are you able to drink more without feeling the effects? • Have you ever had “blackouts”-when there are hours or days you cannot remember? • Do you desire to continue use when others stop? • Are you uncomfortable in situations where substance is not present? • Are you preoccupied with use? • Is there an urgency to use after a period without? • Do you avoid references about use or related problems or irritation when use is discussed? • Do you have feelings of guilt about use/morning after regrets? • Do others express concern about your use of substance? MIDDLE STAGE • Do you lie about use? • Do you hide your use? • Is there an increase in memory blackouts? • Do you take substance in larger amounts, or over longer time period, than intended? • Is there an increasing dependence on substance? • Do you exhibit grandiose, extravagant, aggressive, or violent behavior? • Do you suffer from persistent remorse or regret? • Have there been unsuccessful efforts to control use or abstain from use? • Have you changed the substances you use, or manner of use in attempt to control? • Do you have frequent intoxication or hangover symptoms that interfere with expected performance in major role obligations? • Do you have excuses about use? • Do you use alone? • Do you have legal problems related to use? • Do you have work or school problems related to use? • Do you have problems with family or significant others related to use? • Do you have financial problems related to use? • Do you have physical problems related to use (includes accidents or injuries)? • Do you continue to use despite knowledge of problems caused, or exacerbated, by use? • Have you lost or changed friends? • Have you attempted a geographical cure? • Do you protect your supply of substance? • Do you give up or reduce important social, occupational, or recreational activities because of use? • Have your promises and resolutions failed? • Have you become completelydishonest? LATE STAGE • Have you had an overdose experience? • Do you now experience lengthy periods of use or binge patterns of use? • Have your ethics deteriorated? • Do you have tremors and use to relieve withdrawal symptoms? • Have your job, family, finances, or legal status been more severely affected recently? • Do you neglect food, hygiene, health care? • Do you have indefinable fears, paranoia? • Has your tolerance for drugs or alcohol decreased with little or no change in level of use? • Have you physically deteriorated? • Are you unable to initiate action? • Are you obsessed with use? • Are your alibis exhausted? • Are you ready to admit defeat?

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