I disagree with most....if you are drinking 3 to 4 drinks a night I'd say yes you are an alcoholic. If its wine glasses you count as a "drink" you may be having up to 8 standard drinks a night.
Of course if its just one then that is a different story
If you are questioning yourself stop drinking!
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19-12-2013 21:47 #11Senior Member
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19-12-2013 21:56 #12Senior Member
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i did question myself and i was honest with my gp about it. he was gobsmacked about how much i drink - and my size. i am 160cm 40gks. he did bloods to check my liver ect...it came back normal. all my bloods were normal. this was 4mths ago when i was drinking a little more than i am now. it seems i turn to drink when times are more stressful. My dad drinks constantly, his dad was a heavy drinker with undiagnosed drinking problems. i am aware of what im doing i am also aware of when to stop. My kids rarely see me drinking besides with a family meal.
19-12-2013 22:00 #13
I think you should go without it for a full week and see if you crave it, can't handle life/stress without it.
Just because you say you don't need it, you will never know unless you actually don't have it.
19-12-2013 22:03 #14
I would say the two things that stand out to me are
1) do you NEED to drink as opposed to WANT to?
2) is it negatively impacting on your life? does it cause arguments at home, do you spend money you can't afford? are you hung over all the time and not caring for your kids properly?
I agree with Bexter. Don't drink a drop for a week and see how you feel. That should be a good indication. And yes, alcoholism can be very hereditary.
19-12-2013 22:18 #15
Sorry, but I can't get past the 40kg bit in your last post... You are only approx 5cm shorter than me and I have at least 20kg on you and am a size 10-12. I'm honestly not being rude but is there a reason for you being such a low weight? Is that something you need to address? What did your doc suggest?
As for your original question- an alcoholic is someone who is dependant on alcohol- you don't have to be a binge drinker to be classed as an alcoholic. I think the fact that you even needed to put it out there and ask indicates that you already know you have a bit of an unhealthy relationship with the grog. I agree with others in saying you definitely should try to give yourself 2 alcohol free days per week.
By the way, you said that you sleep like a log, and it would appear that way to you, but did you know that drinking alcohol impairs your body's ability to truly restore itself while you're asleep like it should? It prevents you from having a proper deep and restorative sleep and you need that for so many reasons.
Also, some food for thought- drinking just 2 glasses of wine is equivilant to being awake for 17 hours straight in regards to your body and organs. So yes, I think doing it 7 days a week can't be good for you.
"Life Is Ours, We Live It Our Way".
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19-12-2013 22:20 #16
I believe that if you rely on even one drink per day you are an alcoholic.
The key thing, I think, is if you *need* that drink. If yes, it's a dependency.
I do agree with others on here saying try a week or one day a week alcohol free.
I just want to add, my opinion comes from being the child of alcoholics with all my mums siblings either current or recovering alcoholics (one who passed in his early 40s). So I guess I'm not really the most objective person.
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19-12-2013 22:32 #17
Socially speaking 4 drinks a night doesn't seem excessive and especially seeing as you don't get drunk.
Medically speaking ShaeleeJane is correct.
If you were my patient and I got these details on admission, I'd put you on an alcohol withdrawal chart and monitor you for the first few days of admission to make sure you didn't withdraw.
4 standards drinks 7 days a week medically constitutes alcoholism. Are you having standard drink measurements or free pouring into your glass?
Technically speaking you should have at least 2 dry nights a week.
It is a hereditary illness and IMO you answered your own question when you said you depended on it....
19-12-2013 22:42 #18
Do you feel like you drink too much?
If you try not have a drink for a month and you can't do it, then might be time to do something about it?
19-12-2013 22:46 #19
19-12-2013 22:54 #20
I second FearlessLeader - if you think you have a problem, then it's a problem. If you don't think you have a problem, even if you do, then things will not change unless YOU identify that a problem exists.
The safe alcohol guidelines for men and women are 2 standard drinks per day. That's probably around 3/4 of a wine glass. So in terms of health, it would appear you are exceeding safe levels.
Liver function tests can appear perfectly normal despite a serious alcohol problem/liver damage. Not to be alarming, but normal blood tests does not equate good health. Were you expecting the liver markers to be abnormal? Did part of you think that your pattern of drinking was causing damage to the body?
I think it's commendable that you are examining your situation, rather than just letting things be if they are a concern. I wish you well.
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