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at what point do you consider someone an alcoholic?

Anonymous
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I read somewhere that if you have more then 7 drinks a week you are. Guess I am.
Posted by Anonymous on Aug. 21, 2017 at 1:17 AM
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by Anonymous 2 on Aug. 21, 2017 at 1:18 AM
When alcohol interferes with any aspect of your life negatively.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 3 on Aug. 21, 2017 at 1:23 AM

When you can't get thru something without needing a drink.   When you can't function or cope daily without a drink.  When the need for a drink over rides everything else. 

and it's not necessarily about how much you drink.  You can be an alcoholic & only have 1 drink a day.  It's not being able to get thru the day without it that's the problem. 

corticosteroid
by Sapphire Member on Aug. 21, 2017 at 1:25 AM
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It's more about the reasons you drink than the amount.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 4 on Aug. 21, 2017 at 1:25 AM
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Idk the official definition but I lean toward using alcohol to manage your daily life. If you can't cope with stress and such without it.
.MiaBella.
by Mia on Aug. 21, 2017 at 1:29 AM

When it is a need rather than a want.. a negative rather than a positive.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 5 on Aug. 21, 2017 at 1:29 AM
That's not a decision for you to make for someone else
Anonymous
by Anonymous 6 on Aug. 21, 2017 at 1:34 AM
Most alcoholics aren't going to admit they are an alcoholic unless they are in recovery. Some might but the majority won't. You can decide if someone else is an alcoholic if you watch their behavior and attitudes about drinking.

Quoting Anonymous 5: That's not a decision for you to make for someone else
Anonymous
by Anonymous 7 on Aug. 21, 2017 at 2:07 AM
That's dumb. No outside party can make that assumption. A spouse, close relative, yes. But (example)if you decided co worker is an alcoholic based on the 2 times a month out of work interaction.. you are á judgemental asshole. With no real world experiences

Quoting Anonymous 6: Most alcoholics aren't going to admit they are an alcoholic unless they are in recovery. Some might but the majority won't. You can decide if someone else is an alcoholic if you watch their behavior and attitudes about drinking.

Quoting Anonymous 5: That's not a decision for you to make for someone else
codysara
by Bronze Member on Aug. 21, 2017 at 2:09 AM
So many anon.. I drink.. It's fun.
strangeyfine
by Bronze Member on Aug. 21, 2017 at 2:17 AM
Med professionals actually use both volume of alcohol consumed and behaviors associated with consumption. Most current guidelines are 5/week women and 7/week men on a consistent basis. If you go to a party and have more than that doesn't make you an alcoholic. These people are usually considered at high risk for negative side effects and serious dependency.

Behaviors are also important. If you can't go through a day without needing a drink, feeling like you need to drink to live or function... even with just one a day, or at any point you would be considered an alcoholic.
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