I’m a chronic alcoholic and now I’ve started to experience new problems because of this disease, including seizures and gastritis. I’m not sure if I can qualify for New Hampshire SSDI for alcoholism, so should I avoid mentioning it in my application?

Although you should be honest on your application for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits in New Hampshire, mentioning alcoholism is always something you should be careful about doing. Social Security Administration officials could deny you the benefits you need if they believe that alcohol causes your impairment.

There are ways around this. If you need New Hampshire SSDI, alcoholism may not prevent your ability to receive benefits. For example, you may be able to receive benefits in the following situations:

  • If you no longer drink and have been sober for over 30 days, and your disability still limits you from working.
  • If drinking has no impact on your disability.
  • If you are in recovery and still suffer from your disability even in sobriety.

The Social Security Administration denies approximately 80 percent of all initial claims. Putting alcohol use in your application can raise red flags and increase your chances of being denied. When you reach the drug or alcohol question, it is important to take care in how you answer. Still, it is critical that you answer your doctor’s questions and the examiners’ questions honestly.

Because filling out an application with for SSDI is already so difficult, it is important that you work with a skilled New Hampshire Social Security disability lawyer on how to approach this topic in a way that will maximize your chances at approval. Call us today to learn more about how we can help you with your application so that you can increase your chances of getting the benefits you need.


John L. Keefe
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Founding Attorney, Massachusetts Social Security Disability Lawyer