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Featured Article - The Drinker's Check-Up

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The Drinker’s Check-Up

Seeing your VA medical provider for regular check-ups is one of the most important things you can do to maintain your health and well being. Check-ups allow your provider to look you over from head to toe, and catch any problems before they become serious. My healthevet now offers The Drinker’s Check-Up, an anonymous, self-guided online tool that allows you to develop a better understanding of your drinking, including any risks that it might pose to your health. If you are wondering about your drinking, the Drinker’s Check-Up on My healthevet can help you answer such questions as:

  • Is my drinking normal?
  • What are the accepted safe drinking guidelines?
  • Do I have any symptoms of alcohol dependence?
  • Have I experienced any negative consequences?
  • What are the financial costs of my drinking?
  • Do I have any risk factors for developing a serious problem?

To begin the check-up, you will be asked to answer some questions about you (your age & gender) and some questions about your drinking habits (how much, how often). Using this information, the check-up program will help you to:

  • Learn how your drinking compares to other people your age
  • Develop a better understanding of any risks your drinking could pose
  • Consider whether you might want to change your drinking
  • Explore different paths to change

Only you can decide what, if anything you’d like to change. If you decide you would like to make a change, VA stands ready to help.


  • Speak with your existing VA healthcare provider
  • Contact the OEF/OIF Coordinator at your local VA Medical Center
  • Contact your local Vet Center
  • Call 1-800-827-1000, VA's general information hotline

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