One way is to learn more about Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD). AUD is a medical diagnosis that ranges from moderate to severe, with the severity based on several criteria.
Briefly, alcohol becomes a problem when it impacts your life in a negative way. For example, is your personal or work life deteriorating because of your drinking? Do you feel anxious or irritable without a drink? For more information about the criteria for AUD, see: https://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/dsmfactsheet/dsmfact.htm
If you recognize any of these symptoms in yourself, it’s time to rethink the role that alcohol plays in your life. NIAAA has some interactive resources to help you examine your drinking patterns further and, if needed, recognize and search for quality care.