Were You Affected by an Alcoholic Parent?

Growing Up With an Alcoholic Can Have Lifelong Effects

1. Do people in authority tend to frighten you?

2. Do you see yourself as a victim?

3. Do you find yourself constantly seeking approval from others?

4. Do you often consider the needs of others while neglecting your own?

5. Have you had relationships with people who need you to rescue them?

6. Do you feel that you are basically different from other normal people?

7. Do you judge yourself harshly, especially when things aren't perfect?

8. Do you have a tendency to isolate yourself from others?

9. Do you find that you have difficulty having fun?

10. Do angry people tend to frighten you?

11. Do you have a tendency to be either super responsible or super irresponsible?

12. Do you enjoy being on the edge or like taking risks?

13. Do you have difficulty having intimate relationships?

14. Is it easier to give into the demands of others than stand up for yourself?

15. When others disapprove of you, do you feel you need to change their mind?

16. Do you have difficulty in telling others about your feelings?

17. Have you ever been in a relationship with an alcoholic or addict?

18. Do you tend to lock yourself into a plan even if it appears it will fail?

19. Do you tend to hold on to relationships, even if they become painful?

20. Do you feel that you spend a lot of time cleaning up problems of others?

Were You Affected by an Alcoholic Parent?

You got: Not Significantly Affected

I got Not Significantly Affected. Were You Affected by an Alcoholic Parent?
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Congratulations! It appears that you went through the daunting experience of growing up in an alcoholic home without being negatively affected. According to the answers you provided on the quiz, you do not seem to have developed any of the characteristics that are common to so many children who grew up in an alcoholic home.

Our quiz, however, covered only a few of those characteristics, there are many other traits that children of alcoholics seem to share that can follow them long into adulthood. You may want to learn more from the links posted below.

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical consultation, diagnosis or treatment.

Were You Affected by an Alcoholic Parent?

You got: Maybe Mildly Affected

I got Maybe Mildly Affected. Were You Affected by an Alcoholic Parent?
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Congratulations! You seem to have grown up in an alcoholic home without having been significantly affected by the experience. However, the answers you provided on the quiz indicate that you may have developed some of the psychological characteristics that are typical of children who grew up with an alcoholic parent.

Because our quiz covers only a few of the many traits that people from alcoholic homes seem to share, you may want to read more about other characteristics that adult children of alcoholics can develop and carry into adulthood.

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical consultation, diagnosis or treatment.

Were You Affected by an Alcoholic Parent?

You got: Moderately Affected

I got Moderately Affected. Were You Affected by an Alcoholic Parent?
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Congratulations! You survived growing up in an alcoholic family! Very few people can go through that experience with being affected in some way. The answers that you provided on this quiz indicate that you may have developed some of the psychological characteristics that many others who grew up in an alcoholic home seem to have.

You may want to learn more about traits common to adult children of alcoholics, because our quiz touched on only a few. You may also want to talk with a professional counselor about your experiences to determine if you may have been affected in other ways.

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical consultation, diagnosis or treatment.

Were You Affected by an Alcoholic Parent?

You got: Profoundly Affected

I got Profoundly Affected. Were You Affected by an Alcoholic Parent?
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Congratulations, you survived! The conditions in which you grew up may have been emotionally overwhelming, but you made it. If the answers to the quiz questions are an indication, very few people could have gone through your experiences without being affected in some way.

You may have been affected in ways that you do not even realize; our quiz touched on only a few of the characteristics common to many adult children of alcoholics. You may want to learn all you can about those traits and speak to a professional counselor or therapist about your personal ordeal.

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical consultation, diagnosis or treatment.

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