To assess whether you or someone you know may have an alcohol use disorder and the severity if present, the current DSM-5 suggests that two or three of the following symptoms may indicate a mild alcohol use disorder, while four to five might suggest moderate disorder, and five to six is severe.
The presence of any of the above symptoms may be cause for concern. If multiple symptoms are present, a health professional may conduct a formal assessment of the symptoms to assess whether alcohol use disorder is present. In addition, another tool known as the CAGE questionnaire assesses whether someone might have alcoholism. Medical professionals recommend assistance if two or more of the following CAGE questions are answered affirmatively:
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people between 10 to 24. Sometimes your struggle can be underestimated because of your age. But we hear you, and help is available.
Ask for help: Ask for help: Don’t be afraid to let your friends, family, or teachers know what you need when they ask; they want to help. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline any time — calls are confidential.
Remember that this feeling can be overcome: Family conflict, relationships, grades, sexual identity, and the loss of important people can seem impossible to deal with. But with support from others, you can.
Make a safety plan: A safety plan can help guide you through difficult moments and keep you safe. Learn how to make your own.
Find a support group: You don’t have to cope with your loss alone. There are support groups specifically for those who have lost a loved one to suicide.
Evaluate the relationships in your life: Love and friendship are all about respect. Toxic or unhealthy relationships can negatively affect you. Whether you’re dating or building new friendships, remember your rights. If you’re being overcome by stress, help is also available.
Write: You may find it helpful to write your feelings or to write a letter to your lost loved one. This can be a safe place for you to express some of the things you were not able to say before the death.
Do what feels right to you: Don’t feel pressured to talk right away. If you choose to discuss your loss, speaking can give your friends and family the opportunity to support you in an appropriate way.
Ask for help: Don’t be afraid to let your friends provide support to you, or to look for resources in your community such as therapists, co-workers, or family members.