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Are you an alcoholic?

It’s 11 a.m. on Sunday, and you just opened your eyes. You have a headache, nausea, and feel pretty gross. The first thought that pops into your mind is, “Ugh…” and the second thought is probably, “This is the last time.”

Yes, you and I know who this person is.  It’s you, I, or your um… friend, with a hangover after a night of whatever euphemism you prefer for drinking too much.

Here comes the hard part. If you find that you’ve had a few too many times, in which you have had, well, a few too many, you probably have a drinking problem.

Now for the serious talk. Alcoholism is deadly. In fact alcoholism is also one of the hardest addictions to kick. It results in over 2,000,000 deaths per year worldwide. That means over 2,000,000 people with loved ones mourning them. This is reality.

If you are still trying to figure out whether or not you are an alcoholic, the answer is yes. After all, if it’s on your mind, you definitely do have a problem.

When deciding whether or not to quit drinking completely, there is one basic question to ask yourself honestly: “Is my drinking hurting myself, my family, my friendships, or my job, in even the slightest way?”

If the answer is yes, then it’s time to stop drinking.

If you still need help deciding, visit the National Council on Alcoholism and Substance Dependence website.

Alcoholism isn’t a joke. If you’re having a few too many, don’t excuse it because you’re young or stressed. Grow up, go to one of the many recovery groups available, and take responsibility for your life.

If you know someone who is drinking too much, call them out on it. Remember, just because you don’t wake up and start drinking, doesn’t mean you don’t have a problem.

About Adriana Villavicencio

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is the youngest child of Ecuadorian immigrants. She has moved 29 times in her life, taking her on a journey from California to Bangalore, India, and New York City, where she recently earned a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and works as a Research Associate at New York University. An avid traveler, Adriana has collected experiences in four different continents and 16 different countries. But as a former high school English teacher, some of her fondest memories are those of her brilliant and brilliantly funny students in Brooklyn and Oakland. Adriana has contributed to several publications including the Daily News and, and is a managing editor for the Journal of Equity in Education. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Education at Columbia University, and currently serves on the board of Columbia’s Latino Alumni Association (LAACU). She enjoys scary movies with red vines, Sauvignon Blanc, and her Maltese dog, Napoleon.

To learn more about Adriana’s education consulting company, please visit

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.


  1. Great article and much needed to come out in the open. Thank you BL!

  2. Great article and much needed to come out in the open. Thank you BL!

  3. Mario, is that really you? Who hacked Mario’s FB? LOL

  4. Mario, is that really you? Who hacked Mario’s FB? LOL

  5. I am acutely aware of how much I drink (not much) because I watched my dad drink heavily for 30 years. Not fun.

  6. drinking is hurting your self

  7. if u want to damage your liver go ahead and drink

  8. I was really never into the drinking lifestyle. Both of my grandfathers were destroyed by their drinking addiction. One of them ended up with stomach cancer that spread everywhere due to excessive drinking. In the end he passed away while the other ended up alone.

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