Too much alcohol damages health. It can hurt relationships; increase risks for accidents and violence; and cause problems with the liver, brain, and heart. Several standard questions can help identify people who have alcohol problems. They include asking about the following: drinking first thing in the morning, feeling guilty about drinking, feeling a need to cut back on drinking, and feeling that others are criticizing you for drinking too much. Brief advice by doctors can help people cut back or stop drinking if they are drinking too much. Unfortunately, many doctors do not routinely ask patients about their drinking habits and do not give patients who have alcohol problems brief advice about ways to cut back or quit.