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Thursday, September 4, 2014

I Like To Drink -- Am I An Alcoholic? Ask Yourself These 8 Questions

The term alcoholic is often misused by society. The true definition of alcoholic is "habitual, excessive drinking of alcoholic liquor." Just because one likes to drink does not necessarily make them an alcoholic. Consider these scenarios.

Binge drinking

Is someone who does binge drinking an alcoholic? Not necessarily. Binge drinking is a practice that is more common among young adults where much alcohol is consumed in a short amount of time. However, binge drinking can lead to the same health risks and social problems experienced with alcoholism. Binge drinking increases the risk of alcoholism and can lead to faster development of alcoholism.

Problem drinking

Problem drinking is periodic excessive drinking of alcohol and may cause health risks and social problems, just like alcoholism. But it in itself is not necessarily alcoholism but considered problem drinking.

Signs of alcoholism

One way to determine if you or someone you know is developing symptoms of alcoholism is to ask these 8 questions:

  1. Are you able to cut back or quit drinking on your own?
  2. Are you able to control the amount of alcohol you drink?
  3. Do you often drink alone or hide from others the fact that you drink?
  4. Do you get withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea, sweating and the shakes, when you are not drinking?
  5. Do you find yourself needing to drink more and more in order to get a buzz?
  6. Is alcohol affecting your memory and causing you to forget things?
  7. Do you feel a constant and strong urge to drink?
  8. Do you always deny that you have a drinking problem?

If the answer to these questions is yes, you may want to seek help from your family doctor. He or she can advise you on programs that will offer help, such as Alcoholics Anonymous. If drinking is causing problems in your life and your family is also concerned about your drinking, it is important that you seek help immediately. If you can no longer control your drinking, it is important that you seek help immediately. No one should be ashamed about alcoholism. It is a disease, and like other diseases, help is available.

For more information on alcoholism, causes and treatments, visit www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/alcoholism/basics/definition/con-20020866
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