August 11, 2011

Alcoholic Librarian?...

As of Tuesdays "I think I'm going to need a few drinks..." incident myself and the others in the department are starting to think that "Julia" is an alcoholic and that is why she comes in looking the way that she does and behaving in such an odd manner. We obviously aren't positive or know anything for a fact but it seems to fit in various people's minds.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, IV, defines alcohol abuse as drinking despite alcohol-related physical, social, psychological, or occupational problems, or drinking in dangerous situations, such as while driving. The World Health Organization's International Classification of Diseases refers to "harmful use" of alcohol, or drinking that causes either physical or mental damage in the absence of alcohol dependence. In other words, alcohol abuse is any harmful use of alcohol.
Maybe someone should take this Alcoholism Screening Quiz* from About.com...

Q: Do you lose time from work due to drinking?
Yes
No

Q: Is drinking making your homelife unhappy?
Yes
No

Q: Do you drink because you are shy with other people?
Yes
No

Q: Is drinking affecting your reputation?
Yes
No

Q: Have you ever felt remorse after drinking?
Yes
No

Q: Have you had financial difficulties as a result of drinking?
Yes
No

Q: Do you turn to inferior companions and environments when drinking?
Yes
No

Q: Does your drinking make you careless of your family's welfare?
Yes
No

Q: Has your ambition decreased since drinking?
Yes
No

Q: Do you crave a drink at a definite time daily?
Yes
No

Q: Do you want a drink the next morning?
Yes
No

Q: Does drinking cause you to have difficulty in sleeping?
Yes
No

Q: Has your efficiency decreased since drinking?
Yes
No

Q: Is drinking jeopardizing your job or business?
Yes
No

Q: Do you drink to escape from worries or trouble?
Yes
No

Q: Do you drink alone?
Yes
No

Q: Have you ever had a loss of memory as a result of drinking?
Yes
No

Q: Has you physician ever treated you for drinking?
Yes
No

Q: Do you drink to build up your self-confidence?
Yes
No

Q: Have you ever been to a hospital or institution on account of drinking?
Yes
No

* = Office of Health Care Programs at Johns Hopkins University Hospital developed the screening quiz

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