what are the traits and is it passed down from generations?
i dont binge drink. never have.never felt the need to. i do, however drink 1 -4 drinks every day. i dont get drunk, never really have unless i drink more than my usual. which i rarely get the oportunity to.
its a bit of a habit and i turn to a drink when im stressed. but never go over my limit. one drink seems to make everything ok again. 1 drink before dinner, one during an 2 afterwards. i sleep like a log.
ive been this way for about 10 years. ive had comments from friends who "assume" i drink heavily but in fact i dont, i drink less then them when out and i can stop whenever i want to. if money forbids it, i can go without alcohol. but if i had it my way i would have an endless supply. i really enjoy a drink or 4. sometimes i depnd on it, it depends on the day i have had, other days it depends on the weather and day of the working week, who im with ect.
am i an alchoholic?
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19-12-2013 21:03 #1Senior Member
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am i an alcoholic?
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19-12-2013 21:07 #2
It's not effecting your life negatively or others around you by the sounds of it and you don't need it or are not dependant on it, so I would say no.
19-12-2013 21:08 #3
Eta just saw the last bit when you said you sometimes depend on it, I still don't think it sounds like proper alcoholic habits
19-12-2013 21:13 #4
To answer your first question, yes it is passed down through generations. Alcoholism is a disease and can usually be found through families. I would say you enjoy a drink like I enjoy chocolate, if you find that you can't get through the day without alcohol then you need to start to worry, but perhaps try and cut one drink out a day, it really isn't good for your liver.
19-12-2013 21:13 #5
I don't think you are from what you say. I often wonder the same about myself. I think being aware of your habits is a great start, and recognizing that you do use it as a stress release means that you can reign yourself in if you feel it getting out of control. Does your behaviour change negatively when you drink? If not I wouldn't think too much on it.
I do think that drinking every day is bad for your overall physical health, though, and it might be worth having one alcohol free day a week. I know lots of people might disagree with me on that one.
19-12-2013 21:16 #6
To me,it doesn't sound like it. Do YOU think you have a problem?!?
19-12-2013 21:16 #7
I don't think you are. You know your limit and can stop at it, plus you say you're rarely drunk. To me an alcoholic is someone that cannot control how much they consume and are obsessed with it resulting in inebriation.
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19-12-2013 21:20 #8Senior Member
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If I could I'd be having a nice crisp white right now!
You say that when money's tight you can go without. Well how about having just *one* alcohol-free day a week for a month or so to prove to yourself that you are not dependent on it?
If you find during that day you are thinking about alcohol a lot more and that you are irritable or affected some other way by *not* drinking, then it could possibly mean that you have become dependent on alcohol. If you carry on as normal, and you can replace your drink with a non-alcoholic drink then perhaps you're not dependent? I don't know, I'm not an expert. But I do know about habits, my own, and sometimes I like to do without to keep them in check, and give my body a break.
19-12-2013 21:26 #9
I don't think you're an alcoholic. But if you think you have a problem, then you have a problem; if you feel like you rely on it too much it's worth trying to cut that dependency. There were a few months when DS was quite young that I was looking forward to my first wine of the evening a little more than I was comfortable with. Although I agree with PP, regardless of dependency all that beer really isn't good for you.
19-12-2013 21:27 #10
I read you need to have 2 alcohol free nights a week to give your liver a break. When I realised I was a little too reliant on my nightly few glasses of wine I set myself a challenge to go dry totally cold turkey for a month. When the month was over I allowed myself to enjoy a few glasses again but only on weekends, I felt much better for it.
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