From reading your first post, yes I'd say you are an alcoholic.
If you truly depend on having a drink then yes I would say you are.
Sorry but this is going to sound harsh. http://www.drinkaware.co.uk/selfassessment
There are degrees of alcohol use, abuse and dependence. Your consumption level does sound too high to be healthy. While you sound like you can still function normally at this point it can still be affecting your health. More than 14 drinks a week increases your risk of breast cancer by something like 30%. Also increases the risk of heart disease, dementia, stroke, gut, mouth, kidney, liver, ovarian, and pancreatic cancers. Oh and diabetes, the number one increasing chronic disease in Australia. And last but not least mental health problems like depression and anxiety.
Most cancers don't show up on a normal blood test until they are far advanced. Get your pap smears, mammograms, possibly gastroscopy and colonoscopy if you have had any unusual tummy or bowel problems. Be on the lookout for symptoms like bleeding form the bowel, unexplained weight loss and night sweats. Ask your GP what they think is appropriate for your age and other health state.
So you may not be alcoholic, yet. But way before you became bad enough to classifiy as an alcohol you are far more likely to have had some other health effect.
Stop, now. Please, for your health.
It sounds like you may be a functioning alcoholic. This is where you don't show your dependence, nobody would think you'd have a problem, you don't get drunk, BUT you drink an amount daily, can't relax without your daily drink and well, the other things you mentioned. If your doctors was concerned, you are questioning, and your friends are shocked, it definitely.sounds like you need to really do something before it does become a bigger problem. I'd suggest you do as PP mentioned and.go.dry for.a.week and.see how you feel. Please notify your go first though as I.have seen first hand what can happen.if.a long term drinker goes cold Turkey.
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Yep I'd have to say yes as well. Functional alcoholism can be quite serious, even if it isn't having a negative effect on your life, its not good for your health. I'd also have to caution that if you depend on it in stressful times, anything major happening might push you into dysfunctional alcoholism.
Its good that you're thinking of it now, before things get out of control You can learn new coping mechanisms for stress, and cut down your consumption to see how you go
My mum is an alcoholic and she would probably put a post across like this too. To her she doesn't have a problem. When we have tried to talk to her she denies it and ten she will ask her friends if they think she has a problem in a similar way. They of course say no as they only see her during the day.
She says she only has 4 a night too but they are massive glasses and she says it is to help her sleep which of course it doesn't actually she just thinks it does.
She says she doesn't rely on it but she must be home by 5pm so she can have her first glass. She doesn't think she is drunk off what she drinks but those around her can see it. She will slur her words etc.
If you drink every day and find u 'need' it for any reason rather than just wanting it then yes you have a problem.
Talk to those around u and ask how they see it. In saying that only ask if you are willing to actually hear what they have to say. You may not like the answer.
My mum still to this day says she doesn't have a drinking problem even though it destroyed her marriage and broke our family to pieces. It's very hard to see a problem like that when it is u with the problem. Alcoholism is a very cruel and nasty thing and a very hard thing to get help for.
If u can admit u have a problem get help now before it progresses which it will if left untreated.
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