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Mostly As Dutch-courage drinker

You tend to drink to cope with anx­i­ety. For you, so­cial oc­ca­sions are stress­ful, and hav­ing a few drinks eases the ten­sion. You’re likely to knock a cou­ple back be­fore you set out, to steady your nerves, and when you’re up­set, a drink calms you down. The prob­lem is, it’s hard to stop at one or two; as the buzz wears off, the nerves re­turn and the para­noia of be­ing pub­licly drunk kicks in.

Mostly Bs Dis­trac­tion drinker

You drink mainly to take your mind off things. It im­me­di­ately lifts your mood, di­verts your at­ten­tion and gives you a rea­son to en­joy your­self, rather than dwelling on what­ever’s go­ing on in real life. Dis­trac­tion is a habit, and you’ve found an in­stant way to re­lax and switch off your mind. The dif­fi­culty is, though, that you’re just putting it off: the next day you’ll still have to deal with the is­sue – but with a hang­over, too.

Mostly Cs Out-of-con­trol drinker

Once you pop, you can’t stop. You are drink­ing to chase the buzz and open up the pos­si­bil­ity of a wild, wild night. Binge drink­ing means drown­ing your wor­ries and stresses in a lake of friendly booze. It also means you’re stor­ing up men­tal and phys­i­cal health prob­lems, and you’re much more likely to be mak­ing bad de­ci­sions – ei­ther when drunk or in the throes of re­gret af­ter­wards.

Mostly Ds Crowd-pleas­ing drinker

You are a go-with-the­flow type. When you’re home alone, you’re not too both­ered – but when you’re out and your friends are all hav­ing dou­ble JD and Cokes, then so are you. If some­one sug­gests an­other round at mid­night, you’re not go­ing to be the one to spoil the party. And when your part­ner sug­gests fin­ish­ing the bot­tle, you’ll hap­pily oblige. Your drink­ing is so­cia­ble – but you can eas­ily end up drunk ev­ery night.

Mostly Es Bored drinker

Many bored drinkers don’t get a huge amount of joy from ev­ery­day life – and drink­ing eases the bore­dom. Maybe your friends don’t get your jokes, or you’re in a re­la­tion­ship that’s go­ing nowhere. Per­haps your job is unin­spir­ing, but you don’t know how to change things. Drink­ing puts you in a dif­fer­ent headspace. When you’re drunk, you don’t have to con­front the as­pects of your life that you dis­like – but the trou­ble is, they don’t go away.

Mostly Fs En­joy­ment drinker

You just like drink­ing. It tastes good, be­ing a bit drunk feels nice, and it’s so­cia­ble. You would never de­scribe your­self as a binge drinker – but you do some­times think you should cut down a bit. The truth is, though, ‘binge drink­ing’ means six units in one ses­sion for women, and eight for men. You can sink more than that over a chat in your friend’s kitchen. It might be use­ful to look at why you en­joy drink­ing so much, and whether it’s sim­ply be­come a habit.

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