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Consult your doctor if you are unable to make a diagnosis from this chart.

possible cause and action Certain drugs can cause a feeling of ill heath as a side effect. Consult your doctor. Meanwhile, stop taking any over-the-counter or recreational drugs, but do not stop taking prescribed drugs.

possible cause Feelings of anxiety resulting either from a specific problem or from an accumulation of different stresses and worries can make you feel unwell.

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Anxiety (p.172)

self-help Assessing your alcohol consumption

Some people use alcohol to cope with stressful situations or painful emotions. If unchecked, this habit can lead to alcohol dependence. Experiencing severe hangovers or memory loss after drinking alcohol indicates that you are drinking to excess, as do arguments or accidents precipitated by drinking. If you have more than two alcoholic drinks a day on most days, your health may be at risk (see Safe alcohol limits, p.30).

To assess your drinking habits, ask yourself the questions below. The answers may help you to judge whether drinking is affecting your life or becoming an uncontrollable habit.

• Have you ever thought that you ought to cut down on your drinking?

• Have other people ever annoyed you by criticizing your drinking?

• Have you ever felt guilty about drinking?

• Have you ever had an "eye-opener" drink first thing in the morning?

If you have answered yes to two or more of these questions, your drinking may be becoming a problem. Consult your doctor.

Social drinking

Drinking alcohol can be an enjoyable part of your social life, but you should keep your consumption within safe limits to maintain good physical and emotional health.

Social drinking

Drinking alcohol can be an enjoyable part of your social life, but you should keep your consumption within safe limits to maintain good physical and emotional health.

[57 Tiredness

For problems related to sleeping, see chart 60, Difficulty in sleeping (p.152).

Tiredness is normal after physical exertion or long periods of hard work without a break. It is common after some infectious illnesses, such as flu or glandular fever, but should have cleared up after 2 or 3 weeks. However, if there is no obvious explanation for your tiredness, if it prevents you from carrying out daily activities, or if it is prolonged, you should consult your doctor because in some cases tiredness may indicate a serious health problem.

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