Info For People with an Alcohol Problem

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If you want to get sober and make positive changes in your life, the UB Behavioral Health Clinic's no-cost program is designed to help you.

On this page:

Do you have a drinking problem?

If you think you have a drinking problem, we encourage you to take the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) — a brief screening tool developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) to assess alcohol consumption, drinking behaviors, and alcohol-related problems.

How severe is your drinking problem?

What is 1 drink?

12 ounce (5%) can or bottle of beer or

5 ounce (12%) glass of wine or

1 ½ ounces (80 proof) of hard liquor (e.g., vodka, whisky, etc.) either straight or in a mixed drink

Count how many of these symptoms apply to you, then see the chart below.
  • Alcohol is often taken in larger amounts or over a longer period of time than intended. There is a persistent desire or unsuccessful efforts to cut down or control alcohol use.
  • A great deal of time is spent in activities necessary to obtain the alcohol, use the alcohol, or recover from its effects. Craving, or a strong desire to use alcohol.
  • Recurrent alcohol use resulting in failure to fulfill major role obligations at work, school or home. Continued alcohol use despite having persistent or recurrent social or interpersonal problems caused or exacerbated by the effects of alcohol.
  • Important social, occupational or recreational activities are given up or reduced because of alcohol use. Recurrent alcohol use in situations in which it is physically hazardous
  • Continued use despite knowledge of having a persistent or recurrent physical or psychological problem that is likely to have been caused or exacerbated by opioids.
  • Tolerance, as defined by either: a) a need for markedly increased amounts of alcohol to achieve intoxication or desired effect, or b) markedly diminished effect with continued use of the same amount of an alcohol
  • Withdrawal, as manifested by either of the following: a) the characteristic alcohol withdrawal syndrome, or b) the same (or a closely related) substance is taken to relieve or avoid withdrawal symptoms
Determining the severity of your drinking problem
If you said "yes" to: Your drinking problem may be:
2-3 symptoms Mild
4-5 symptoms Moderate
6 or more symptoms Severe

See if you may qualify for our program

You may be eligible for the UB Behavioral Health Clinic's research-based treatment program if you:

  • Have a problem with alcohol
  • Are 18 years or older
  • Live in commuting distance of the city of Buffalo
  • Are seeking treatment on your own (not mandated by the legal system because of a DWI or other issues)

To find out if you qualify, please contact us at 716-887-3353.

If you are not eligible for a clinical trial at UB's Behavioral Health Clinic (BHC), we will offer you a referral.

Available at no cost

Clinical trial treatment services at the UB Behavioral Health Clinic are provided at no cost to participants. You do not need personal insurance.

What to expect

At the UB Behavioral Health Clinic:

  • Treatment typically includes 6-12 sessions, 60-90 minutes each
  • We offer in-person appointments from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with evening appointments on a limited basis
  • Sessions typically include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Follow-up support (including referrals) is available for participants who complete the program