Discussion in 'Self Harm & Substance Abuse' started by *dilligaf*, Nov 9, 2007.

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  1. *dilligaf*

    *dilligaf* Staff Alumni

    Sorry if this has already been done before... :unsure:

    When do people think that drinking becomes a problem?
    What is drinking "too much" ?

    Someone told me last night I was following in my uncles footsteps......he was an alcholic :mellow:
  2. Marshmallow

    Marshmallow Staff Alumni

    Hun in now way are you following in Barry's footsteps. Phillip even said he was joking. You yourself admit youdrink too much. As long as you don't depend on alcohol daily basis then your pretty much okay.
  3. me1

    me1 Well-Known Member

    When you run out or when you're asleep? :wink:
  4. rwillson

    rwillson Well-Known Member

    for myself and my experience with addiction (although not alcohol, i never liked drinking, and drinking like an alcoholic is hard work, learned that on a three day trip to Vegas, i don't know how people do it but those three days of solid drinking near killed me). back to the subject...

    i think it becomes a problem when it starts to interfere with everyday life, that would be the most obvious sign. of course there are functioning alcoholics and addicts everywhere. you might ask yourself, how often do you drink??? when you drink do you always get drunk??? are you driven to drink (meaning do you feel uncomfortable not drinking in social and other situations, do you feel you have to drink)??? can you deal with life's problems and your emotions without drinking???

    there are so many questions one can ask, you might just go to a couple AA meetings and listen to what is being said and see if you identify with it or not...

  5. *dilligaf*

    *dilligaf* Staff Alumni

    Thank you all for your replies...

    I'm gonna try and answer your questions :unsure:

    In order...

    ~It varies really. Probably three times a week?
    ~I don't get DRUNK drunk too often....but I usually get tipsy. Once I have one drink I always want more. Would easily drink a whole bottle of wine.
    ~I don't like drinking soft drinks in a pub...if I'm out in town then I want to drink alcohol.
    ~Recently I have noticed that alcohol has helped me to cope with my grief...it helps me to let out the emotions that I usually feel I have to keep hidden.
    If I am feeling down or triggered or something then I tend to reach for alcohol :blink: :unsure:
  6. LetItGo

    LetItGo Staff Alumni

    ppl play the "alcoholic" card far too much.

    When does it become a problem?

    When you "need" it to cope, or feel like you do, then u have a problem. 3 times a week is moderate and perfectly fine imo.
  7. blackfire

    blackfire Well-Known Member

    i don't drink everyday but afew times a week. if i don't have any that week i go crazy. i need rum or whiskey to calm me. i need it and i am not sure if i am comnsidered an alcoholic or not.
  8. theleastofthese

    theleastofthese SF Friend Staff Alumni

    I have been told that if you feel it's a problem, then it probably is a problem. If you have no control over when and how much you drink, if your daily routine is changed or interrupted due to drinking, if you lie about your drinking or how much you drink or hide bottles from other members of your family - then it is a problem. I should know - I have all those symptoms and I know that I have a problem. I just don't know if I have the strength to fight it.:sad:
  9. RySp123

    RySp123 Guest

    Drinking is a problem WHEN for a yes or a no, for a good or bad feeling or mood one seeks a drink.

    It is not the amount one drinks that makes him an acoolic, or the speed one drinks neither how many times a day or week..... it is the reason one drinks.

    granny, Alcoolic Anonymous for 35 years
  10. RySp123

    RySp123 Guest

    also true as post....... alcoolic or alcool being a problem both are dangerous issues.
  11. *dilligaf*

    *dilligaf* Staff Alumni

    Thank you all :hug:
  12. mackya99

    mackya99 Member

    you're an alcoholic when the first thing you do when you wake up is grab a drink and also when you're drinking while you shower. you are not an alcoholic
  13. famous.last.words

    famous.last.words Forum Buddy

    i think what granny said was spot on really, other judgements seem to be lacking in 'why', and excessivly focus on 'how much'.

    i think drink is helping me cope, and when im down its what i go for.
    drunk me kinda reminds me of the old me.
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